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!

 
Daily Devotion
Pastor Alex Hoops

Daily Devotion

I will admit that my personality lends itself to seeking out joy and laughter. I am not that comfortable sitting in the midst of my own sadness or disappointment for long. I am aware of my own defense mechanisms! 
 
However, I admit that in the midst of a global pandemic I have felt a little anxious at times by the moments of joy or laughter I have encountered. Is now a time to laugh? Is now a time to be joyful, while in the midst of such suffering and turmoil?  Am I sufficiently weeping with those who weep? I don’t know.
 
But what of joy? Is there room for joy? For laughter? I have children who give me such great joy! Friends and colleagues who give me fits of laughter. I can’t say anything other than that I am grateful for those moments and those people. I am grateful because when I feel this sense of joy in them, I remember that Joy is what God gives, not what we work up. I’m going to quote Eugene Peterson again this week because I have been reading his book, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, and I was reminded that, “laughter is the delight that things are working together for good to those who love God, not giggles that betray the nervousness of a precarious defense system.”
 
He continues, “One of the most interesting and remarkable things Christians learn is that laughter does not exclude weeping. Christian joy is not an escape from sorrow. Pain and hardship still come, but they are unable to drive out the happiness of the redeemed.”
 
“I have said these things to you,” Jesus said to his disciples, “so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” — John 15:11
 
For those of us who are weeping, we weep with you. For those who have been graced by moments of joy and laughter in the midst of it all, we give thanks to God.
 

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