Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/27/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Tonja Read
Administrative Assistant
Prairie Rivers District
Jeff Thurman
Ashland, NE UMC
Missouri River District
Emily E Spearman Cannon
Auburn, NE First UMC
Missouri River District
Jerry Yount
Barada UMC
Falls City Bethel UMC
Missouri River District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 77 

To the leader: according to Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A Psalm.

I cry aloud to God,
    aloud to God, that he may hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
    in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
    my soul refuses to be comforted.
I think of God, and I moan;
    I meditate, and my spirit faints.Selah

You keep my eyelids from closing;
    I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
I consider the days of old,
    and remember the years of long ago.
I commune with my heart in the night;
    I meditate and search my spirit:
“Will the Lord spurn forever,
    and never again be favorable?
Has his steadfast love ceased forever?
    Are his promises at an end for all time?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
    Has he in anger shut up his compassion?”Selah
And I say, “It is my grief
    that the right hand of the Most High has changed.”

I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;
    I will remember your wonders of old.
I will meditate on all your work,
    and muse on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
    What god is so great as our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
    you have displayed your might among the peoples.
With your strong arm you redeemed your people,
    the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.Selah

When the waters saw you, O God,
    when the waters saw you, they were afraid;
    the very deep trembled.
The clouds poured out water;
    the skies thundered;
    your arrows flashed on every side.
The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
    your lightnings lit up the world;
    the earth trembled and shook.
Your way was through the sea,
    your path, through the mighty waters;
    yet your footprints were unseen.
You led your people like a flock
    by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Today's Devotional

As I read this passage from Psalm 77, I contemplate how the events of 2019 have tested and shaped our churches and pastors in the first half of this year. From General Conference to natural weather disasters, many have had their faith tested. How can we ever recover and try to make sense of all it? I am reminded that we have a mighty and awesome God who calls us into the storm of life, where he stands with both feet firmly planted among waters that threaten us.

We serve a God who has cared for and blessed us and our ancestors, through all the trials of life. As I visited with one of my members who is a farmer, I could sense the pain and frustration he was feeling as a result of all the rain we have had. But in the midst of his pain, he still expressed hope because he knows God has always taken care of them over the years.

By faith we know that God will never leave or forsake us. So as I field questions about what will the United Methodist Church look like in the future, my answer is simple. No matter what comes, we will still be the church that does “Jesus stuff.” We will still be in our communities, reaching out to those who have been marginalized. We will still be the church where people look to us for help among their storms. We will still be the church who shares the love of God so that His light shines into even the darkest situations. Our mission has not changed! Our mission is to live and love like Jesus did and transform lives in the process. For me it’s pretty simple, I will stretch out my hand and take his, through the storms that he has already conquered.
-Pastor Darren Frazier
Marion Eastmoor UMC


Prayer for Reflection

Thank God for lifting us up out of the storms of life. Empower us to do the same to all your children. Amen


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