Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/5/19

Today please be in prayer for

Janie Freeman
Lewellen UMC
Oshkosh UMC
Great West District
Betsy Galloway-Carew
Prairie West Church ELCA/UMC
Great West District
Craig Collins
Scottsbluff First UMC
Great West District
Corey Jenkins
Sidney First UMC
Great West District

Today's Lectionary Text

Romans 5:3-5 

And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Today's Devotional

Where do you find hope?  Here are some of the places I find it.

I’m sitting in my home office on a cold snowy day watching pretty bright red cardinals on the bird feeder.  It reminds me of my mother, who surrounded her room in the nursing home with cardinals. I have most of her collection now. 

Believe it or not, I find hope in social media. As long as I don’t get bogged down with the negative stuff, I can keep up with friends enjoying their grandchildren and the many inspirational messages and photos that others share. I keep up with youth that were in my Care Groups at Institute (High School youth camp at Baker University). I find hope in those young people who come every summer and remind me that their enthusiasm and energy can change the world.

I find hope in the cry of a baby in the back of the sanctuary and in the chatter of small children during the sermon.  I find hope watching the children at Vacation Bible School learn about Jesus and sing songs of joy. I could keep on listing, but you have the point by now. We are surrounded by hope if we will only look for it. We can dwell on the negative and bemoan our losses and failings, or we can look for hope.

  Isaiah 43:19 tells us

19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.
As we continue through the days ahead, may we look for ways to see hope and the ways God is doing new things.
-Mary Brooks
Five Rivers District Lay Servant Director
Lyndon UMC

Prayer for Reflection

God of Creation- when we are tired of winter, when we are despairing over our broken church, our broken lives and our broken world, remind us that you are the God of hope and that all we have to do is look around us to find you and the new things you are doing.


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