Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/18/19

Today please be in prayer for

Dale Coates
Brainard UMC
Rising City UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Bonnie Linton-Hendrick
Chapman, NE UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Tom Lucas
Central City UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Rick Jones
Chester UMC
Hebron: First UMC
Prairie Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Ephesians 5:15-20 

Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Today's Devotional

I turned 60 this year. No matter how many times folks tell you that 60 is the new 40, you definitely realize that you need to make the most of all the time and energy you have left.

Ephesians 5:5-20 speaks to me on so many levels. When I was young, I didn’t think as much about how quickly time passes. It didn’t seem as important for me to be prudent with my time, as I seemingly had a lot of it.
In this current phase of my life, I am trying to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible. I want to learn more about all kinds of things, but primarily God.

I do not wish to appear “ignorant” about any part of God’s word and yet I often still feel that way, as I take in new information and studies. When you are younger, folks don’t come to you expecting answers. At this age they do.

Many folks might not agree that these are “evil times.” But never in my lifetime have I seen so many people being ugly when others do not agree with their opinions about our government, politics, or even the way they interpret the Bible. Facebook and social media are constantly lit up with long strings of controversy and hateful things being said on both sides.

So I ponder, what are opportunities I can use for the good? How can I be a calm and yet present Christian in this world we live in?

I’ve had some wonderful conversations with laity and clergy lately, sharing our faith and what God is doing in our churches. I would consider them to be “holy conversations.” I cherish them. A sign to me that God is still moving and doing some wonderful things.

I thank God for this life daily, many of my friends have not been fortunate to live to see this age. What a blessing and also a responsibility to live my faith walk prudently.
-Marvé Ralston
Five Rivers Administrative Assistant


Prayer for Reflection

Dear Heavenly Father, help us be cognizant of wasted time and live wisely. Help us see every opportunity to learn, and not be ignorant of your will. Thank you for loving us so much, that you want us to be in constant communion with you, having holy conversations with one another, and living our best lives at every stage.


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