Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/7/19

Today please be in prayer for

Emporia: First UMC
Flint Hills District
Emporia: First UMC
Flint Hills District
Emporia: Grace UMC
Flint Hills District
Eureka: First UMC
Hamilton UMC
Flint Hills District

Today's Lectionary Text

Isaiah 44:3-4 

For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
    and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
    and my blessing on your descendants.
They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
    like poplar trees by flowing streams.

Today's Devotional

Pentecost is almost upon us. My congregation wears red to symbolize the flames. We sing fiery songs. Red is the liturgical color for the day. But as much as I like red, this year I’m feeling blue.

In a good way.

I’m thinking about blue as the color of water. Did you ever wonder -- Why doesn’t Pentecost have water? Why don’t the disciples get doused in tongues of liquid? I mean, fire’s indisputably hot stuff, but my vote goes to water when it comes to the Holy Spirit metaphor department.
Jesus offers Living Water to the woman at the well. Psalm 23 uses water imagery to describe the Spirit’s refreshment and protection. The Hebrews received water out of a rock — God’s presence and guidance.

And of course, we mustn’t forget baptism. In fact, we are instructed to remember it. The words above, from Isaiah, predate our sacraments, but do you notice how they link water and the blessing of the Spirit?

Pentecost comes on Sunday -- by all means, get fired up for it. Wear red face paint, dye your hair red, get a crimson mani/pedi — go crazy. But today, why not go blue? Dip your toes in a stream or a pool. Trade out that carbonated beverage for some icy cool H20. Say a prayer for those who have been flooded, but remember your baptism, and be grateful.

At least for today, may the promise of Pentecost invigorate you, like you just jumped out of the shower. May it hold promise, like taking that second step out of the boat.

May it leave you feeling positively blue.

But in a good way.
-Rev. Mitch Todd
Mulvane UMC


Prayer for Reflection

Holy Spirit, you have come and never left us. Remind us of all the ways we can receive you and respond to you. Fill our Church with the desire to drink from and to offer Living Water. In your name we pray, Amen.


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