Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/22/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Counseling and Mediation Center
Dodge City District
Altamont UMC
Mound Valley UMC
Parsons District
Angola UMC
Valeda UMC
Parsons District
Bartlett, KS UMC
Chetopa UMC
Parsons District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 103:1-8 

Of David.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and do not forget all his benefits—
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works vindication
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Today's Devotional

One of my earliest memories about the word “God” came in my primary Sunday School class when I was 6 years of age.  Our teacher Grace, her name itself a fitting word in a faith community, taught us to learn about God by singing. The song was: “Praise him praise him all ye little children God is love, God is Love.”  But verse 2 really captured my childhood heart and mind: “….praise him all ye little children, God is Good.”
My 6 yr. old theologizing was still quite concrete in making sense of “God is good.” What quickly came to mind ?  What was really good was the Western Pennsylvania maple syrup often served at our home.  So it only made sense that a “good” God would be like a giant Maple Syrup dispenser in the sky !
Fortunately my image of God has matured through the years.  But the image of a good God has always warmed my heart and mind. And been a constant in my faith.
Psalm 103:1-8  narrates that we are beneficiaries of God’s goodness in so many ways. Indeed, the word “benefits” (vs 2) and “beneficiary” has as its root meaning the word “good.”  So today as you read this Psalm, take a moment to reflect how God has been and is good to you, and to us.  Then let that goodness be a source of blessing which in turn lifts your soul to bless God in gratitude.   And if you need a concrete reminder, try some Mmm..Mmm good maple syrup!
-Rick Saylor,
Retired,  Kansas City
Clergy/Congregational Coach


Prayer for Reflection

O Good God, we are so blessed in so many concrete, positive ways. I lift up my soul to give back the blessing by being conscious of You and the goodness that surrounds me this day. And so, it is.

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