Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/26/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Angie Vertz
Bison UMC
La Crosse UMC
Otis UMC
Hays District
Laura Cherry
Lebanon UMC
Rose Valley UMC
Hays District
Blair Kirkpatrick
Lenora United Parish UMC
Hays District
Ted Stapleton
Logan UMC
Long Island UMC
Hays District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 95:1-7

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
O come, let us worship and bow down,
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    and the sheep of his hand.
O that today you would listen to his voice!

Today's Devotional

This week, our devotions will center on what our conference staff members shared by writing things we are thankful for on large Post-it Note pads. Please read to the end to see how you can participate.
 
I left my hotel a little early on a recent Saturday in Dodge City, Kansas. I was traveling to a convenience store to buy ice for drinks at a local-church communications workshop I was helping with in Cimarron. I came around a corner and saw one of the most amazing sunrise skies I've ever witnessed. It looked like fire in the sky. (see the accompanying photo)

God's creation provides us with many blessings, and our staff shared some of those traits in during our Thanksgiving exercise.

We're thankful for those amazing sunrises and sunsets. The colors that paint our skies remind us of God's love and a reminder that God's creation didn't end with the stories in Genesis. We're also thankful for the colors from the amazing array of flowers we can plant, nurture and grow in our fertile soil. And though the autumn came and went quickly this year, we are thankful for the brief time we had to see the reds, oranges, yellows and golds of the leaves as they changed with the season.

Perhaps it's the cold, but more than a few of us stated that we are thankful for summer, for the rebirth of spring and even sunshine through our office windows.

We're grateful for the peaceful streams, lush meadows and the beauty of the barren prairie. We're grateful for the stillness of the early morning, the glimmering stars at night, full moons and gentle breezes. 

We're thankful for when we can get outdoors for hikes, play in snow, jump in leaves, and spend summer by the lake.

We're thankful for all of God's creatures, large and small, though we're not quite so sure about why God made spiders, snakes or mosquitoes.

We're thankful for fresh, clean water and the technology God has provided to allow us to find it. And when it's really cold and really hot outside, we are thankful for climate-controlled buildings. 

We're thankful for clean air and for the knowledge we have about what is necessary to protect our environment. We pray we will have the wisdom, strength and courage to do what is necessary to care for the great creation God has provided. 
 
   – Todd Seifert, communications director
tseifert@greatplainsumc.org

 
Share a part or two of your nature/creation that you are most thankful for by posting a photo you have taken yourself or some reflective words on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Please use the hashtag #GPUMCgivesthanks.
 

Prayer for Reflection

Masterful Creator, We give thanks for the way you share the beauty of this natural world with us. Help us to appreciate the world around us, and help us to be good stewards of your holy work.

 

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