Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/17/19

Today please be in prayer for

Winfield First UMC
Wichita East District
Winfield Grace UMC
Wichita East District
Winfield Grandview UMC
Wichita East District
District Superintendent
Wichita East District
Wichita West District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 27 

Of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
    of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me
    to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes—
    they shall stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,
    my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
    yet I will be confident.

One thing I asked of the Lord,
    that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
    and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
    in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
    he will set me high on a rock.

Now my head is lifted up
    above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
    sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
    be gracious to me and answer me!
“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”
    Your face, Lord, do I seek.
    Do not hide your face from me.

Do not turn your servant away in anger,
    you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,
    O God of my salvation!
If my father and mother forsake me,
    the Lord will take me up.

Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and lead me on a level path
    because of my enemies.
Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
    for false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they are breathing out violence.

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!

Today's Devotional

As a caregiver for my folks for the last four years, I have needed to rely on the Lord a lot. When my mom is down for any reason, I try to use Scripture to remind her (and myself) whose we are. Growing older is difficult, no matter how strong your faith. We cannot imagine walking this path without God.
 
A favorite saying between us is, “We can’t see around the corner, but God can.”

On Nov. 19 my father, and Mom’s husband of 60 years, passed away. He had made it through an extensive surgery, and we thought this would be like all the other times. He had many medical issues over the last four years. We had begun to call him “the comeback kid.” So it really was a surprise when he passed, as he had made it through so many times earlier.

Dad’s death was painful enough for us. Along with the grieving there have been twists and turns as we navigate the paperwork and financial issues left to a widow. I have discovered that there are truly times that, “No One Understands Like Jesus.” When you have done your part, and just have to wait and trust that things will resolve themselves.

Psalms 27 has been such a comfort to us. I love the ending the most.
 
“But I have sure faith that I will experience the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!
Hope in the Lord! Be strong! Let your heart take courage! Hope in the Lord!” Psalms 27:13-14
-Marve' Ralston
Administrative Assistant
Five Rivers District

Prayer for Reflection

Dear Heavenly Father, we humbly acknowledge that there are often situations out of our control. We thank you that you give us many promises of your care and love for us, always!
 

 

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