Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/24/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Lenexa: St. Paul's UMC
Kansas City District
Lenexa: St. Paul's UMC
Kansas City District
Lenexa: St. Paul's UMC
Kansas City District
Olathe: Aldersgate 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 24.


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 24:1-12.
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,  but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.  In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
  1. As we celebrate Christmas Eve, we read the Resurrection story. Christ’s resurrection puts Jesus’ birth and life in a new light. What do you hear in this story today?
  2. We see in this story of the women the telling of the good news of Christ’s resurrection. The named women – Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James, told the apostles. As we tell the story of Christ’s birth, we share the good news of Christ’s life and resurrection. How has reading through Luke helped you to share the good news of Jesus Christ?
On social media — either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram —share an image and/or your reflections to wish people a Merry Christmas. Post where you are celebrating the Christ child today.  Please share only images that you have taken or for which you own the rights.  Be sure to include the hashtags #GPUMCAdvent and #Luke24 as we reflect together in community. Congratulations for completion of the reading the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Luke!

Prayer for Reflection

O God, on this Christmas Eve we are grateful for the birth and resurrection of your son, Jesus Christ.  You have offered us life abundantly through Christ.  Thank you for loving us so much to send your son so all may know your love.  Help us share your good news with all that we meet. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


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