Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/7/19

Today please be in prayer for

Administrative Assistant
Great West District
Andover UMC
Wichita East District
Augusta: First UMC
Wichita East District
Belle Plaine UMC
Wichita East District

Today's Lectionary Text

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 

From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view;even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Today's Devotional

Lent is a time of holy reflection and a time, this year, to try and free myself of the internal clutter I’ve gathered over the last year.

I spent much of the fall this year decluttering my house as well as my garage. We had boxes from when we moved several years ago that were taking up space in our garage and attic. We had toys, clothes and other household items that had been unused and were taking up space in our home. Most items were donated, some had to be thrown out, but after the process it created more space for the things we love and use.

I think it may have been easier to declutter items from my home this year than this removal of the items in my mind and heart.

How can I detach from those things I’m holding on to, not because I need them, but because they have become so familiar? I don’t think it will be as easy as giving away that extra set of Pyrex from our wedding.

How do I let go of the hurts and resentments that have come to live in my heart?

How do I purge those unhealthy, unhelpful thoughts that reside in my head?

Most importantly how do I let go?

I know I can’t do any of it on my own. I’m praying this Lenten season for the courage not only to ask for God’s help, but to accept and act on it as well.
 
-Lisa Soukup
Communications Administrative Assistant
 
 

Prayer for Reflection

Heavenly Father, in this season of Lent, prepare our hearts for your resurrection. Help us to clear space in our hearts and minds by allowing those unhealthy, unhelpful, unworthy things to pass away so that there may be more space for you.
 

 

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