Great Plains Daily Devotional for 10/12/18

Today please be in prayer for

Lennie Maxwell
Hutchinson Trinity UMC
Hutchinson District
Kim Shank
Lyons, KS: First UMC
Hutchinson District
Brian Blackburn
Macksville Grace UMC
Trousdale UMC
Hutchinson District
Darren Frazier
Marion Eastmoor UMC
Hutchinson District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 90:12-17 

So teach us to count our days
    that we may gain a wise heart.

Turn, O Lord! How long?
    Have compassion on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
    so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us,
    and as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be manifest to your servants,
    and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
    and prosper for us the work of our hands—
    O prosper the work of our hands!

Today's Devotional

Teach us to number our days so we can have a wise heart. . . Fill us full every morning with Your faithful love . . .Let Your acts be seen by Your servants . . .Make the work of our hands last. (selected phrases)

In the writing entitled “The Dash”, Linda Ellis writes these words, I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend.  He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning to the end.  He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. 

When we look at the dash between our birth date and the present date, what is being represented?  As people of faith, each morning God’s faithful love renews us and calls us to be His. I like to think of “the dash” as that call.  What is God calling me, each of us, to do each moment of our day that will show Christ’s presence, love, care and compassion? 

My passion for disaster response and for life is the last part of verse 17, make the work of our (my) hands last.  What if . . . each of us thought of our “dash” as the work of our hands?  The question is – would the work last?
Sustaining God, as a new day begins, and with the power of Your faithful love, may the work of our hands last. Amen.

                                                                                                                                                                  Rev. Hollie Tapley
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