Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/7/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Hutchinson Trinity UMC
Hutchinson District
Little River: First UMC
Mitchell Chapel UMC
Hutchinson District
Lyons, KS: First UMC
Hutchinson District
Marion Eastmoor 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 7.

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 7: 36-40
One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

  1. The nameless woman of our story had to put aside a lot of fear to come boldly to a table where she was not invited. She is as transparent as the jar she carries.  She has heard Jesus teaching and has become a disciple.  Where did she first meet Jesus? When did she become a disciple? What was the good news that broke open the alabaster jar of her heart? Spend time in communion with this woman today. 
  2. Jesus is being anointed as much by the precious ointment of her faith and love as by the contents of the jar. The alabaster jar has become a symbol of life that holds something precious about to be poured out. Each time we pour out the costly ointment of our lives, there is a healthy hallowing out.  A space is created in us and Jesus rules the world from that space. Who has broken open the alabaster jar of their lives to anoint you. Give thanks for them. Who are you pouring into? 
(Adapted from The Song of the Seed by Macrina Wiederkehr)
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Prayer for Reflection

O God, in this Advent season, we reflect on the life of Luke’s nameless gospel woman, the life of Jesus and the lifechanging love that you extend to us. Help us to pour into others with your good news.  Amen. 


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