Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/9/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Ord First UMC
Sargent: First UMC
Gateway District
Elm Creek UMC
Overton UMC
Williamsburg, NE UMC
Gateway District
Oxford, NE UMC
Gateway District
Haven's Chapel UMC
Pleasanton, NE UMC
Gateway District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 4:1 

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,

Today's Devotional

Is anyone else struggling through Lent this year?

Normally I’d be deep into my chosen Lenten devotional, avoiding what I have given up or throwing myself into a new habit. This year I’ve abandoned all those practices and I feel a little unmoored.

This is a season of recovery and rest for me after surgery for breast cancer and admittedly I’m struggling with that too. Am I doing too much or am I not doing enough? Should I push myself to do more or allow myself to rest and recover?

Perhaps this is my wilderness to wander through this year. The temptations are there to over do it and pay for it later or sit back and feel guilty for not doing enough.

Could it be this year Lent for me is about finding the balance between and losing the guilt? Maybe I need to wander in this wilderness a while longer no matter how uncomfortable it is because this is where I need to be and where God needs me to be in this season of life.

Trust me, it’s completely uncomfortable and unmooring but maybe exactly what I need and where I need to be.
-Lisa Soukup
Communications Administrative Assistant

Prayer for Reflection

Lord throughout these forty days, help us to remember that you walk through us in the wilderness and will be with us when we find our way to the other side.


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