Devotionals
 

Devotionals are short essays written by GSLC members and staff that explore the ways the Holy Spirit works within our every day lives.  There are several ways we invite you to use these devotionals:

  • Make them a part of a prayer practice - read a devotion and consider the ways that Christ has worked similarly in your life or works in unexpected ways.
  • Make them a part of a journaling practice - read a devotion and journal about what the Holy Spirit is stirring in you as you reflect on the essay.
  • Use them as a reminder that God works in all things, the bad and the good.

With over 400 available devotions, you can use these daily, weekly, or monthly.  It's up to you!  We just hope that by reading these inspiring stories provided by Good Shepherd's flock you are able to better see where Jesus is present in all things!  Thank you to all of our members that have provided devotionals throughout the past couple of years!

 
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion by Peter Eller

Sounds From On High

Where do we find God?  We find Him everywhere, but our sense of hearing adds to the assurance of his love and presence among us.

“Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live.”  Isaiah 55:3

The Sounds of Worship.   

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.”  Psalm 100:1-2

Participation in congregational singing has always been inspiring and comforting to me.  The effect is especially powerful with my favorite hymns.  Singing “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”,  “How Great Thou Art”, and “Shall We Gather at the River”, among others, are especially meaningful to me.  As we enter Advent, we also look forward to singing the many beautiful Christmas carols that commemorate His nativity.

The Sounds of Nature.   “By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation; they sing among the branches. Psalm 104:12

One of the most startling and beautiful sounds I have ever heard came from a bird. On a chilly September camping trip in Kentucky, just before sunrise, “WHIPP-or-WILL ... WHIPP-or-WILL .. WHIPP-or-WILL ....”  echoed just outside a nearby cave, which amplified the call….a wakeup call without equal. God has given us the gift of nature.

The Sounds of little children.  

“…Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not for such is the kingdom of God.”  Luke 18:16

Our 2 year -old grandson was in the gym with his older brother and father.  He imitated them by proudly lifting a 3-pound dumbbell.  Then he progressed to an 8-pound weight, which might as well have been bolted to the floor. “STUCK!” was his assessment.  As we hid our smiles at his refusal to believe he wasn’t strong enough to lift it, we thanked God for the amazing gift of children.     

A Prayer:  “Redeeming God, we look for signs of your kingdom around us:  peace, beauty, encouragement, restoration.  Help us to see, believe, and share the good news of your presence and movement in our lives.  Amen    Moravian Daily Texts 2021

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Mary Naylor

Thank you Peter. This is very inspiring.

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