Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/20/2018

Today please be in prayer for

Bladen UMC
Blue Hill UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Boelus Grace UMC
Cairo UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Brainard UMC
Rising City UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Chapman, NE UMC
Prairie Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 3 

A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.

O Lord, how many are my foes!
    Many are rising against me;
many are saying to me,
    “There is no help for you in God.”Selah

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
I cry aloud to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy hill.Selah

I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.
I am not afraid of ten thousands of people
    who have set themselves against me all around.

Rise up, O Lord!
    Deliver me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
    you break the teeth of the wicked.

Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
    may your blessing be on your people!Selah

Today's Devotional

As a kid growing up by the Kansas-Nebraska border, our annual family vacation generally alternated between trips to Missouri, South Dakota and Colorado.

We enjoyed them all, but there was something about those trips to Colorado. The mountains kind of sneak up on you as you’re entering from Interstate 70 or U.S. Highway 36. BOOM. There they are! Even though they’re far off in the distance, it’s comforting to see your destination in sight – not a subtle entrance into the horizon, but an immediate, complete picture.

The Psalm of David (which I did not select because of my name) includes the verse “I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain.” I like the idea of God being at the top of a mountain. Not an ethereal God off in the unseen heavens, but one we can see and appreciate, basking in the awe and wonder of the beauty that He created.

I’m been at the top of Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs twice, once in a tourist passenger van and another time going up a rickety old cog railroad (which apparently has gone out of operation this year). At the top of that 14,115-foot mountain, you get an appreciation for God’s majesty and splendor. It is, indeed, as close to heaven as we may get on Earth.
-David Burke
Content Specialist

Prayer for Reflection

Dear God, you not only are a mountain but you help us in moving mountains. Your majesty is on display for us daily, as long as we stop and take the time to appreciate it. In Your loving name, Amen.


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