Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/8/19

Today please be in prayer for

Benton UMC
Wichita East District
Burden UMC
Wichita West District
Wichita Calvary UMC
Wichita East District
Wichita Calvary UMC
Wichita East District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 1:35-42 

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

Today's Devotional

John 1: 39 He said to them “Come and you will see.” So, they came and saw where Jesus was staying. (NASB)

When I read this passage in the Gospel of John, I thought, “Oh, no this is not me. I can’t write about this.” Then, I prayed and slept on it.
During my youth, Andrew was held up as a model of Christian witness. I was a shy only child, who found it extremely difficult to talk to anyone about matters that were important to me. I wasn’t even brave enough to ask my encouraging high school art teacher for more time to finish a class project. Instead, I finished on time and less perfectly. I took a lower grade.
I had thought that Andrew was merely sharing some new lesson given him by his teacher. I thought he had no knowledge about Jesus. Was I ever wrong.
Andrew respected his teacher, John. He willingly accepted his word about Jesus, and with a friend, began to follow Jesus. Jesus invited the two of them for a sleep-over. At two hours before sunset they must have been so too far from home to visit and return home safely. Andrew met Jesus as a welcoming host, spent several hours with him and learned a about him first hand. When Andrew told Simon about Jesus, he had first-hand knowledge.

Andrew told Simon. Simon was his brother, not just anyone. I, too, can tell people I know about what excites me.
-Elly Biederman
Certified Lay Speaker
Plattsmouth First UMC

Prayer for Reflection

My dear Lord Jesus, thank you for welcoming me to your presence. Thank you for welcoming every person you have created. Let us accept your welcome. Amen

Prayer Focus: People who are shy


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