Great Plains Daily Devotional for 2/27/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Chappell UMC
Lodgepole UMC
Great West District
Crawford First UMC
Harrison Memorial UMC
Whitney Warring Memorial UMC
Great West District
Culbertson Trinity UMC
Trenton First UMC
Great West District
Curtis First UMC
Garden Prairie UMC
Great West District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 38 

A psalm of David. A petition.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Your arrows have pierced me,
    and your hand has come down on me.
Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
    there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
My guilt has overwhelmed me
    like a burden too heavy to bear.

My wounds fester and are loathsome
    because of my sinful folly.
I am bowed down and brought very low;
    all day long I go about mourning.
My back is filled with searing pain;
    there is no health in my body.
I am feeble and utterly crushed;
    I groan in anguish of heart.

All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
    my sighing is not hidden from you.
My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
    even the light has gone from my eyes.
My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
    my neighbors stay far away.
Those who want to kill me set their traps,
    those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
    all day long they scheme and lie.

I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
    like the mute, who cannot speak;
I have become like one who does not hear,
    whose mouth can offer no reply.
Lord, I wait for you;
    you will answer, Lord my God.
For I said, “Do not let them gloat
    or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”

For I am about to fall,
    and my pain is ever with me.
I confess my iniquity;
    I am troubled by my sin.
Many have become my enemies without cause;
    those who hate me without reason are numerous.
Those who repay my good with evil
    lodge accusations against me,
    though I seek only to do what is good.

Lord, do not forsake me;
    do not be far from me, my God.
Come quickly to help me,
    my Lord and my Savior.

Today's Devotional

Okay. I have had it. I am done with winter! I am not doing winter anymore. I am so tired of snow, and wind, and cold, and ice (especially ice.) I slip and slide wherever I go. I hate bundling up every time I leave the house with coat, scarf, boots, gloves, and hat. My back aches from shoveling snow. My fingers are so cold even with heavy gloves to protect them. My feet are tired of shuffling through the snow so I can get to where I am going without falling and breaking my neck. So there, I have said it! I am done with winter. I am so tired.
 
I am writing this about a week before the Special Session of the UMC General Conference. Today, I not know what the outcome of the Special Session will be but I do know there is hope. As the Psalmist wrote, “Lord do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God.” No matter what the outcome, there will be wounds to heal, emotions to calm, love to share, and a God that still loves us. “Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior.”
 
I long for sunshine, song birds, spring flowers, and even those pesky weeds that seem to survive anything. I also long for a church that is no longer divided. A church that is able to move forward and share God’s love with all peoples. I trust that God is in charge and all will be well.
 
-Mary Feit CLSp
Great Plains Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries

Prayer for Reflection

Gracious and Loving Holy One: We long for your love, comfort, forgiveness, and healing power. Come quickly to help us heal as a church, as Christians, and as brothers and sisters in Christ, in His Blessed name we pray. Amen.
 

 

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