Great Plains Daily Devotional for 10/22/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Ellis UMC-NE,
Odell UMC
Blue River District
Elmwood St Paul UMC
Murdock Ebenezer UMC
Blue River District
Daykin UMC
Endicott UMC
Fairbury UMC
Blue River District
Dorchester UMC
Friend UMC
Blue River District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 57

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by.

I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

He will send from heaven and save me, he will put to shame those who trample on me.Selah
God will send forth his steadfast love and his faithfulness.

I lie down among lions that greedily devour human prey; their teeth are spears and arrows, their tongues sharp swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth.

They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my path, but they have fallen into it themselves.Selah

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and make melody.

Awake, my soul! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn.

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.

For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth.

Today's Devotional

Uncle Jim was a dispatcher for the railroad.  Late one night, he was called in to relieve another dispatcher who had taken ill during the night shift.  While engaged in casual conversation as they traded places — sorry you are sick, that sort of thing — Jim glanced over and saw that two trains were on a collision course! He pushed the other dispatcher out of the way and took action to avert the head-on crash.
I wonder if those two engineers ever knew how close they came? Did they breathe a sigh of relief, or were they unaware that Jim had just saved them? 
Today’s Psalm reminds us that God never sleeps or slumbers.  God never “phones it in” or takes a sick day.  Every moment of every day, since the dawn of creation, God has been diligently watching over us. 
I’m sometimes aware of God’s protection. When I see the uneven pavement just before I trip, I say,
“Thank you, God.”  When my son calls and says, “The car is totaled, but we’re OK,” I say, “Thank you, God.”
But I wonder: How often do I go merrily on my way, unaware of the Lord’s protection?  How many head-on collisions have I been spared, and I don’t even know it?
Today, I give thanks to God for never falling asleep at the switch. God never sleeps nor slumbers, I can feel safe and secure. 
-Rev. Lori Schwilling
Hillsboro UMC

Prayer for Reflection

God, thank you for watching over me every moment of every hour of every day.  Amen. 


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