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!

 
Event date: 3/31/2020 Export event
Pastor Pat Badkey

Daily Devotion

As a child I was fascinated by the story of Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-19).  You might remember this story too.  In the story, Jacob is fleeing his brother Esau because Jacob stole his birthright.  As he flees, one night he lays down to sleep with a stone as his pillow and dreams of a ladder reaching from heaven to earth. On the ladder he sees angels going back forth from heaven to earth and hears God speak to him.  When Jacob wakes from his sleep, he says, “Surely the LORD is in this place—and I did not know it!” Jacob then took the stone which was his pillow, poured oil over it, and called the place Bethel, which means House of God.

One of the things I have been reminded of as Steve and I shelter in place because of Covid-19, is that the whole world is the House of God.   I see it as we walk in our neighborhood, as I observe spring bursting forth in the plants, as I hear the birds singing, as I talk to neighbors from a safe a distance and as we worship at home.  I also know that sometimes we forget that is true.  

Another favorite image from the Hebrew Bible is that when the people of Israel, who are taken into exile in Babylon, discover God is with them there.   Here is what they discover, even though they no longer live in Israel and cannot go to Jerusalem to worship, that God is present nonetheless.  They discover surely that God was with them in Babylon too.  
My prayer for the members of GSLC and really for everyone is that they will discover once again that the whole world, all of creation, is the House of God.  My prayer is that we discover this anew each day as we shelter in place.

What does it mean for you to have all of creation be the House of God?  
How does knowing the whole world is the House of God, free you to worship and pray in new ways?

In Christ,
Pastor Pat
 

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Connie Satchell

Pat, Interesting thought as I was thinking that too this past week as I have been in my gardens. Keep posting...one cannot get enough deovtions!

In Christ,

Con


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Beth Luwandi Lofstrom

I am loving the extended and intentional enjoyment of nature...all around. It has always been a place I sense God's presence and this time is no different. We serve a limitless God.

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