Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/9/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Moundridge UMC
Hutchinson District
Murdock KS UMC
Pretty Prairie UMC
Hutchinson District
Newton East Side UMC
Hutchinson District
Newton First UMC
Walton 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 9.  

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 9:12-16.
 Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”
He replied, “You give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.”  (About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

  1. In this impressive miracle of the feeding of the 5000, the disciples were perplexed on how to answer the crowd’s hunger.  Jesus saw what was there in the crowd – one man’s lunch – and took the ordinary food, blesses it and broke the loaves and gave to disciples to give to the people. What do you have today that can be offered and blessed by God?
  2. After the meal, the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.  There was an abundance of food when there seemed to be so little. Today use your eyes of abundance. What do you see around you today that is abundant? Give thanks to God.                    
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 #Luke9 as we reflect together in community.


Prayer for Reflection

O God, guide us as we look around us through eyes of abundance and the great gifts you give us to share with one another.  Amen. 


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