Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/21/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Pastor of Caring Ministries
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Pastor of Recovery Ministries
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Crossroads Program Director
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Community Pastor
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City 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 21.

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 21: 12-19
“But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name.  And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.  For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.  You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death.  Everyone will hate you because of me.  But not a hair of your head will perish.  Stand firm, and you will win life.
  1. As we draw nearer to celebrating Christ coming in the form of a child, it is in stark contrast to Jesus’ words to his disciples. Jesus will be betrayed by a friend—Judas—and put to death so he experiences the full measure of the trials that are about to fall upon his followers. This Scripture foreshadows the work of the disciples in the book of Acts. What about these words stand out to you?
  1. Tonight, on the longest night of the year, we remember the darkness.  It is in the darkness that Christ brings light – the light of the world.  The gospel offers not a way to avoid pain, suffering, and darkness but the spiritual resources to cope with adversity and hardship — the hope, joy, peace and love that only Christ can bring.  Do not fear, for God is with us. What do hear from God on this day? What light can you share with others this Advent season?
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 #Luke21 as we reflect together in community.

Prayer for Reflection

O God, you have sent your Son to be the Light of the Word. Help us shine Your light brightly in the dark times, so that people may know you and hear the words you have to see to us. Amen.


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