Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/14/19

Today please be in prayer for

Osage City UMC
Reading UMC
Flint Hills District
Saffordville UMC
Flint Hills District
United Church of Eskridge
Flint Hills District
Wamego: First UMC
Flint Hills District

Today's Lectionary Text

Ephesians 4:1-6 

Therefore, as a prisoner for the Lord, I encourage you to live as people worthy of the call you received from God. Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love, and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you together. You are one body and one spirit, just as God also called you in one hope. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all.

Today's Devotional

Is there any more pleasing and alluring smell than fresh bread, baking in your own oven, scenting the entire house with its goodness? As a child I loved coming home from school on the days my mother baked bread, knowing that we children would be invited to have a slice with butter or jelly before homework or chores. As an adult I have made bread for my own children and hope that they too have wonderful memories of sharing around the family table.

Not everyone I know has made bread “from scratch,” though most could likely name some of the ingredients in bread. Perhaps the process of making bread, the gathering of ingredients, and the final product may be used as a metaphor for the process and ingredients needed to form a unified local church. The ingredients include flour, butter, water, yeast, and a little sugar and salt. Each one of these plays an important role in a baking success, though they vary greatly in volume. We need flour for the main substance of the loaf. Butter keeps the bread tender. Water blends it all together by liquefying them all. The yeast causes the dough to rise with the help of the bit of sugar. The salt enhances flavor and keeps the rise of the dough under control. Bread seems so simple, yet is actually a complicated chemical process.

Likewise, the forming, blending and growing of a congregation of people is a complicated process. No matter what part of the ingredients each of us may be, each has a part in keeping the church alive and fresh for all its purposes. And where is God in this mixture? I am seeing God as the yeast, the agent that acts and reacts with all the others to form them into something new.

--Ardith Davenport 
Gateway District Director of Lay Servant Ministries


Prayer for Reflection

Lord God, I thank you for your goodness, for the flavor you so freely give us through your presence and your word. Help me, Lord, to appreciate the Christians around me in the local church. May we all be leavened by your spirit into the church and individuals you would have us be. Amen.


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