Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/1/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Overland Park: Heritage UMC
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Kansas City District
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Kansas City District
Overland Park: Valley View UMC
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Romans 8:31 

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

Today's Devotional

The theme for our Annual Conference is Therefore Go: Serve Others. This verse from Romans is one of the scriptures Bishop Saenz invited us to pray as we prepared to gather. Buying coffee isn’t a lot as an act of service goes, but it was a large vanilla cappuccino.
Recently I had an appointment at 8:00 a.m. with a friend of mine. My friend sent me a text; she was running late, and could I pick up coffee? Being a good friend, I said yes. A large vanilla cappuccino may make a morning more productive, but it hardly felt like an act of service. It turned out to be a small, supporting role in a much larger story.
It had been a short night for my friend. The evening before she saw a post on social media from a friend of hers who sounded suicidal. She called her friend and found out she was indeed ready to die. Her friend said she saw a vision from God telling her exactly which building from which to jump.
My first thought was that couldn’t be God, but it sounded familiar. Luke’s gospel tells us when the devil tempts Jesus by urging Him to throw Himself from the temple in Jerusalem, he left Jesus until “an opportune time” (Luke 4:13).  He may have thought he’d found that time; but he failed again. God was with all those working to save her life.
My friend assured her the vision wasn’t from God, convinced her to get help, and stayed in contact until she was checked into a facility where she would get the care she needed. By then it was 1:00 a.m. Thus, the large vanilla cappuccino.
Everyone who rallied around this person served in what could have been a moment of life and death. Buying a large vanilla cappuccino; not so much. But I have the great privilege of serving by telling the stories of God with us today.
-Pastor Michael Turner
Auburn Kansas UMC

Prayer for Reflection

We give you thanks, O God, that you are with us. Help us to respond when you call us to serve our brothers and sisters, because when we do you are working through us, and we become part of the story of your people throughout history. Amen.


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