Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/17/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Kansas City: Wesley UMC
Kansas City District
Kansas City: Wyandotte UMC
Kansas City District
Lansing: Crossroads UMC
Kansas City District
Leavenworth: First UMC
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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 17.

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 17:11-19  
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” 
And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.  He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
  1. Jesus heals ten lepers, sends them to the priest, and only one leper returns to give thanks to Jesus for his healing. Who do you see yourself being in this story --the one that returned to give thanks or one of the nine who continued on?
  2. What ways today can you pause and go the extra mile to give thanks?  Offer thanks to God for many blessings today. Share a word of gratitude to people around you today.
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 #Luke17 as we reflect together in community.


Prayer for Reflection

O God, thank you for the amazing gifts all around us.  We pause to come to you to give thanks and to praise your unending name.  Prompt in us the ways to say thank you throughout our day to share your love with those we meet. Thank you. Amen.


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