Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/3/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Beloit: First UMC
Salina District
Bennington, United Church of
Solomon Yoked Parish
Salina District
Brookville UMC
Salina District
Burr Oak: First UMC
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

Mark 14:8

She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.

Today's Devotional

My husband, Jim, made a short trip to southeastern Kansas a few months ago. His family is from that area. On his way back he was praying, and he almost pulled the car over to the side of the rode. He felt the Holy Spirit come over him in a powerful way. It was if the Holy Spirit drew near to him and told him, “Do what you can do.”

Over the months we have been through a lot such as my health concerns, our eldest grand-daughter’s wedding and an EF4 tornado — all within a week! Over and over again these comforting words from the Holy Spirit buoyed us up and, at times,  carried us.

Sometimes parts of the sentence are more relevant to us such as “Do.” This is especially true when we do not want to obey or, maybe like the woman in the story, we are afraid of what others will think when we obey. Other times it is the phrase “… what you can do” that gives us strength and direction. We are reminded it is not what others can do or what we might be able to do at another time but what we can do right now.

Many of us are pressed upon with requests. It seems we are part of the “Just one more thing” group. But our Lord accepted and blessed the woman for doing her one thing, what she could do. And I believe Jesus still does.
— Rev. Dr. Bianca Elliott
Linwood United Methodist Church


Prayer for Reflection

Lord, You have called each of us to do what only we can do. May our eyes and our courage be only on You as we do what we can do in Your name. Amen.

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