Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/23/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Lauren Baker Thomas
Pastoral Resident
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Jason Gant
Olathe West Campus Pastor
Olathe: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Joshua Clough
Overland Park Campus Pastor
Overland Park: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Ezekiel Koech
Lenexa UMC
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, quiet your soul and read contemplatively Luke 23.

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 23:44-49.
 
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
 
The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”  When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away.  But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
 
Meditate
  1. Read today’s words in a silent moment of your day.  In the recounting of the crucifixion, we remember Christ’s love. What about today’s Scripture speaks to you?  
  2. “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit,” Jesus says.  As we remember this story before Christmas, we are reminded of the gravity of the birth of our Savior.  How does reading this Scripture at Christmastime refocus how you see Christmas?
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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 #Luke23 as we reflect together in community.
 

Prayer for Reflection

O God, your unending love surrounds us through your Son, Jesus Christ. We celebrate you coming to be with us in the form of a human – to live and die as God Incarnate.  We are grateful for your love for us. Amen.
 

 

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