Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/1/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Ashlee Crawford
Clergy Recruitment & Development Coordinator
Blue River District
Eduardo Bousson
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Blue River District
Melissa Draper
Lincoln Northeast UCC
Blue River District
Karen Jeffcoat
Registrar - Board of Ordained Ministry
Blue River District

Today's Lectionary Text

Galatians 3:6-9

Understand that in the same way that Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness, those who believe are the children of Abraham. But when it saw ahead of time that God would make the Gentiles righteous on the basis of faith, scripture preached the gospel in advance to Abraham: All the Gentiles will be blessed in you. Therefore, those who believe are blessed together with Abraham who believed.

Today's Devotional

Each Wednesday morning in the conference office, the staff gathers in an area we’ve set aside as a chapel for a time of devotion and prayer together. This past week, Scott Brewer, our treasurer and director of administrative services, provided a great message about the saints who have gone before us. His devotion was tied to this day, Nov. 1, known as “All Saints Day,” and he challenged those of us present to think of someone from our past who already has moved on to the church triumphant and who helped guide us along on our faith journey. Thanks to that exercise, I thought of people I hadn’t contemplated in a long time.

I immediately thought of this passage from Galatians, when Paul is using one of the saints from Judaism’s past to illustrate a bright future for people regardless of background or circumstance. Abraham had received a promise from God — a vow of progeny and of sustenance for those descendants. This covenant becomes the foundation of faith for Jews, the Chosen People.

But the story only begins with the Jewish people. God tells Abraham at least three times that through him, the entire world will be blessed, including you and me (Genesis 12:3, 18:18 and 22:18).

We simply have to believe. By doing so, we are blessed just as Abraham and the Jewish people were blessed. From God sharing the old covenant with Abraham to Jesus making the new covenant available to this very day, saints have helped shape, teach and nurture our faith.
So, I ask you the same question Scott Brewer asked our staff: Who has helped guide you along your faith journey? Pause for a moment today to think about what they did for you. And offer a short prayer of thanks to God for bringing them into your life.
 
   — Todd Seifert
director of communications

Prayer for Reflection

Gracious and merciful God, thank you for the people you send in our path along our faith journey to teach, affirm and uphold us. Help us to serve in such a way for others who need similar encouragement. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

 

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