Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/5/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Dyton Owen
Halstead: First UMC
Hutchinson District
Janet Sutter
Haven UMC
Hutchinson District
Bryce Hansen
Hesston UMC
Hutchinson District
Lori Schwilling
Hillsboro UMC
Hutchinson District

Today's Lectionary Text

Throughout Advent, we will read the book of Luke together.  You are invited to pause for a few minutes, quiet your soul and read contemplatively Luke 5

After reading the entire chapter, pause and read the highlighted verses below for further reflection.

 

Today's Devotional

Today‘s focus is on verses Luke 5: 17-26

 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”

 

Meditate

  1. To be paralyzed means to be unable to move. Are there areas in your life where you feel paralyzed? What is your unique paralysis?  What prevents you from moving freely?
  2. If you were choosing four friends to assist you in being healed of your present day paralysis, whom would you choose?  The faith of others can be a priceless gift in your healing presence. What quality in each of these friends do you most cherish?  The seeds of these qualities are already in you. Water them with your faith.

(Questions are from The Song of the Seed by Macrina Wiederkehr)
           
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On social media — either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram —share an image and/or your reflections on today’s chapter. Please share only images that you have taken or for which you own the rights.  Be sure to include the hashtags #GPUMCAdvent and #Luke5 as we reflect together in community.

Prayer for Reflection

O God, in this Advent season, help us to pick up our mat and walk to where you are calling us to go today.  Thank you, God, for the community of people along faith journey with us.  Amen. 
 

 

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