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 retired Pastor, Pete Rudowski

LIFTING UP THE POSITIVE

Pastor Charlie Shedd, a marriage counselor in the 1960s, wrote a book titled Letters To Karen.  The book contains the advise he gave to his daughter, Karen, as she prepared to be married.

Pastor Shedd’s advice fit perfectly for the 1960s but is woefully out of date today.  With that said, there is one chapter appropriate for any age, namely, lifting up the positives builds and strengthens relationships.  For example, when Pastor Shedd counseled a couple in a strained marriage, he had each create a list about what they liked in their partner.  This was not an easy task when divorce is being considered.  Then, each was to read out loud their list to themselves every day. The rationale behind this exercise is 80% of most relationships is positive but couples are tempted to stress only the negatives.  When the positive is lifted up, it becomes a strong counterbalance to the negatives in a relationship.

Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection occurs after a week where Jesus is challenged by the religious and secular authorities.  It occurs three days after Jesus’ crucifixion.  And, it occurs before Jesus’ church faces persecution.  Easter is making a list of positives in our relationship with God in the midst of difficult times.

In making a positive list about our experiences in our relationship with God, we are affirming no matter what we are experiencing today, no matter what struggles we have, no matter how weary we are, God who resurrects Jesus from the dead will also deliver us from our pains and sorrows.  Jesus who said to the thief on the cross, “You will be with me in paradise” also says to us, “You will be with me in paradise.”  Lifting up the positives in the past gives courage and hope for the present and the future.  Even when we hang on in faith by our finger nails we are given the hope and strength to hang on.

Finally, Easter invites us to remember one way we build our faith is to continually lift up the positive places we have experienced God in the past so we can experience God in the present and the future.

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