Great Plains Daily Devotional for 4/5/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Ashley Barlow-Thompson
Jurisdictional Conference Delegate
Wichita East District
Stephanie Ahlschwede
Jurisdictional Conference Delegate
Blue River District
Zach Anderson
Jurisdictional Conference Delegate
Hays District
Andrew Conard
Jurisdictional Conference Delegate
Topeka District

Today's Lectionary Text

Mark 11:8-10 

Many people spread out their clothes on the road while others spread branches cut from the fields. Those in front of him and those following were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest!”

Today's Devotional

This, to say the least, has not been the usual Lenten season. Holy Week and Easter will not be quite what we are used to experiencing, either. On this Palm Sunday we won’t be waving palm fronds in sanctuaries or listening to cantatas sung by the church choir. But we can still shout “Hosanna” as we worship in our own homes. We can still cut small branches from whatever trees are available and display them on our doors or windows.

Most of all, we can, in the altered reality in which we now exist, live the faith we claim in the One who came in the name of the Lord. Even in this time of social distancing and self-quarantine, there are things we can do in the name of Jesus that can ease the discomfort of others. Have you checked on that neighbor you barely know? Does s/he need someone to pick up groceries – or just be a listening ear for a few minutes (from six feet away)? Maybe your neighborhood needs someone to organize a driveway dance party or a sing-along to boost morale – all from safe distances, of course. Or maybe you can provide food and sanitizing supplies for those who have lost their jobs and currently are without income, or lunches for children or the elderly. Whatever you can do to help ease the fears of others and bring a little joy and hope into the world shines the light of Christ into the world.

The people who lined the street that long-ago day, shouting their praise and waving branches had no idea what was going to happen within the following week. We cannot know when COVID-19 will cease to be a present fear in our lives. But we DO know that Holy Week was not the beginning of the end. It was, simply, the beginning.
 
--Rev. Robbie Fall, retired Elder
Hutchinson Kansas
rfall@greatplainsumc.org

Prayer for Reflection

Holy God, this week, as we recall Jesus’ Passion, let us not forget that even in the darkness of fear, you are with us, and that at the end of it there is light, hope, and celebration. Amen.
 

 

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