Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/8/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Martin Holler
Marion Eastmoor UMC
Hutchinson District
Jeff Graber
Marquette UMC
Hutchinson District
Emily E Spearman Cannon
McPherson: First UMC
Hutchinson District
Lacey Wheeler
McPherson: First 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, quite your soul and read contemplatively Luke 8.  

Today's Devotional

After reading the entire chapter, pause and read the highlighted verses below for further reflection.
 
Today‘s focus is on verses Luke 8:4-8
While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:  “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.  Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”

Meditate
  1. In the parable of the sower, Jesus defines the seed as the Word of God.  Tend the soul of our souls today. Along the path of our souls, is there traffic and hurriedness that doesn’t let the seed take root? Or is it rocky ground with boulders that get in the way of hearing God’s Word? Is it the thorns of worry and distractions?  What is the soil of your soul this Advent season? 
  2. How has the Word of God fallen in your soul today? Allow the seed of God’s Word take root in your soul today. What are the practices that you can continue in this Advent season to open yourself up to God’s Word? 
(Adapted from The Song of the Seed by Macrina Wiederkehr)
           
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Prayer for Reflection

O God, in this Advent season, have your Word fall anew on the soil of our hearts today.  Amen. 

 

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