Great Plains Daily Devotional for 4/4/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Charles File
Alternate Laity Delegate at General Conference cfile7636@gmail.com
Salina District
Anne Kiome Gatobu
Jurisdictional Conference Delegate
Kansas City District
Mark Holland
Jurisdictional Conference Delegate
Kansas City District
Eduardo Bousson
Jurisdictional Conference Delegate
Blue River District

Today's Lectionary Text

Matthew 6:34 

“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Today's Devotional

There is a distinct current of anxiety and distress these days. It’s almost palpable. Our minds are filled with the “what if’s” and “how do I’s”. What if I get sick and give it to my daughter, who is recovering from cancer treatment? How will I celebrate my oldest daughter's birthday in a few days when I can’t go see her? I imagine it’s how the disciples must have felt as they drew ever nearer to Jerusalem for the Passover. It’s how I feel when I need to make a trip to the grocery store. It’s how our clergy must feel as they try to figure out a way to celebrate Easter in an empty sanctuary. We are anxious and afraid. The scripture above is the end of a long section of scripture where Jesus tells the disciples not to worry about clothes or food. They are told to seek first God’s kingdom.

As I sit at my desk this morning, I can hear the birds singing. The sky is a delicate shade of robin egg blue. There are flowers coming up and beginning to bloom. When I concentrate on these things, my breathing slows, and my heart rate lowers. My soul recognizes that God is still in control and nothing can separate me from Him. I challenge you to find ways to refresh your soul -- read from the Bible; listen to uplifting music; pray. These things help calm my anxious mind and give me the peace to get through today. Tomorrow will worry about itself.
-Mary L. Brooks
Five Rivers Lay Speaker and LSM Director
marylbrooks6401@msn.com

Prayer for Reflection

God of the Universe, remind us that you are God and we are not. When we find ourselves worrying about things we can’t control, help us find peace. Remind us that you are with us today and all of the tomorrows to come. In Jesus name. Amen.
 

 

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