Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/4/2018

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Blair First UMC
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Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 90 

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn us back to dust,
    and say, “Turn back, you mortals.”
For a thousand years in your sight
    are like yesterday when it is past,
    or like a watch in the night.

You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
    like grass that is renewed in the morning;
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
    in the evening it fades and withers.

For we are consumed by your anger;
    by your wrath we are overwhelmed.
You have set our iniquities before you,
    our secret sins in the light of your countenance.

For all our days pass away under your wrath;
    our years come to an end like a sigh.
The days of our life are seventy years,
    or perhaps eighty, if we are strong;
even then their span is only toil and trouble;
    they are soon gone, and we fly away.

Who considers the power of your anger?
    Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.
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

Several thousand years ago, a Hebrew writer spoke to the creator God he knew. He was aware of “mountains,” “the earth” and “the world.”  We know of many galaxies, light years to measure distance and Hubbell telescope discoveries. But our God is still the Creator of it all.

However, God is not, for me, the anger and wrath that causes pain, suffering and death for us. The source of evil lies somewhere else.

But “everlasting love” joins me again with the long-ago Hebrew. And with John much later who wrote “God is love.” And with the Hebrew Jesus who taught, healed, died loving and lived again. When I was a baby, child and youth, I was tended, clothed, fed, given chores and supervised. I was loved. I think the love of God is like that. Preaching a last sermon recently, I had a vision. I saw in my head a pleased, smiling face alone with only bright light in the scene around me. I think that vision was my life with God— me and the love God is.

That love is all around us and in us, the best possibility for each and all. I see it in the caring center that cares for a woman who has had schizophrenia for over 50 years, in trained medical workers arriving in Liberia for the Ebola crisis, in every hospital anywhere, in local parents loving children. It is here when a doctor sets a broken leg and when a church creates a school. And we can let it be in us — for the healing of the world.  

The “everlasting to everlasting” of the Hebrew is the God of love we talk to too.  
-Rev. LaRoy Seaver (Retired)
 

Prayer for Reflection

“Everlasting love” of the ancient Hebrew, “father” for Jesus, “love” for John break through our self-protections this Advent season and live in us, for the saving of the world you created and love. Amen 
 

 

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