Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/16/19

Today please be in prayer for

Bonner Springs UMC
Kansas City District
Bucyrus UMC
Spring Hill UMC
Kansas City District
Senior Pastor
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Downtown Campus Pastor
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 148 

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his host!

Praise him, sun and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
    and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for he commanded and they were created.
He established them forever and ever;
    he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you sea monsters and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and frost,
    stormy wind fulfilling his command!

Mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars!
Wild animals and all cattle,
    creeping things and flying birds!

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
    princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and women alike,
    old and young together!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his glory is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people,
    praise for all his faithful,
    for the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!

Today's Devotional

 Psalm 148 opens with these two verses, “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!” 

Recently I have again experienced serious flooding around Mitchell Chapel UMC and have been interviewed by one of the local Wichita news stations.  When this first happened in October I hoped that this would be a one and done thing even though members said it wasn’t anything new to them. 

Watching flood waters surround the church a second time in around 8 months was a little disconcerting.  I was again stepping out in faith knowing that whatever happened God would be walking alongside us.  While the waters did not get as close as the flood in October there was a larger area of flooding. 

This also gave me a deeper understanding as everyone said that each flood was different.  I know that the church is not the building, the church is the people.  In the commentary section of my Wesley Study Bible I am reminded how awesome God is with these words, “Praise for God’s creative acts” during flood or other life turmoil this is an awesome reminder that we worship an awesome God. 

Let us continue to praise God and share God’s redeeming love each other and with the strange.  Praise the Lord….
-Pastor Jeff Goetzinger
Little River and Mitchell Chapel UMC's


Prayer for Reflection

Holy God let us always remember you deserve our praise and you will walk alongside us during the brightest and the darkest moments in our lives.  Let us pray for one another and for those we don’t know.  In Jesus holy name we pray, Amen   


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