Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/27/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Overland Park: St Mark's UMC
Kansas City District
Prairie Village: Asbury UMC
Kansas City District
Prairie Village: Asbury UMC
Kansas City District
Roeland Park UMC
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 148 

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his host!

Praise him, sun and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
    and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for he commanded and they were created.
He established them forever and ever;
    he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you sea monsters and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and frost,
    stormy wind fulfilling his command!

Mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars!
Wild animals and all cattle,
    creeping things and flying birds!

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
    princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and women alike,
    old and young together!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his glory is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people,
    praise for all his faithful,
    for the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!

Today's Devotional

Christmas Day has come and gone, now.  For many people the arrival of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day marks the end of Christmas.  The family has gathered, the gifts have been opened, a feast eaten, and it is now time to take down the tree and pack away the ornaments and other Christmas decorations until next December.  Perhaps you have already begun “undecking” the halls.  Or maybe you wait until New Year’s or even Epiphany to do that job.

Those of us who follow the liturgical calendar know that Christmas doesn’t end until Epiphany.  It’s the whole “12 Days of Christmas” thing that doesn’t get as much attention in the United States as it does in so many other countries. 

More important than how many days of Christmas we observe though, is how we proclaim the glory of God’s gift of Jesus to the world.  Psalm 148 makes me think of the imagery of the Christmas story with angelic messengers, stars, and animals all proclaiming God’s glory.  Except – the psalm gives me the impression that this praise and proclamation goes on and on.  It doesn’t end.  Just as our own praise and proclamation for God’s gift of love should never end. 

The gift of Jesus needs to be proclaimed beyond the few days we designate as “Christmas” each year.  As we look beyond these days of festive celebration, may we remember to offer our praise to God and proclaim Jesus every day of the year.
-Rev. Robbie Fall, retired elder Hutchinson, KS

Prayer for Reflection

Loving God, you sent your Son, your greatest gift, to redeem the world.  Let us remember to proclaim Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection every day of our lives and praise your name in all things.  Amen.


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