Great Plains Daily Devotional for 4/13/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Industry UMC
Salina District
Huscher UMC
Jamestown: First UMC
Salina District
Ionia UMC
Jewell Trinity UMC
Mankato Harmony UMC
Salina District
Beverly UMC
Lincoln, KS UMC
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

Matthew 28:1-10 

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Today's Devotional

It’s the day after Easter Sunday. Where are you looking for Jesus today?

This week we will immerse ourselves in the stories of Christ’s resurrection and significance.  What would we have to let go of in order to allow for an unexpected in-breaking of Christ in our lives today?  Fear. One small four-letter word that seems to be so powerful.  In today’s Scripture the guards “for fear of him” the angel to the woman “do not be afraid” the disciples “for they left the tomb with fear and great joy.” Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.”

Fear permeates our world today, as well.  Have you thought of where our Christian faith might have gone had the disciples been afraid to tell the story? Or what about countless generations of witnesses who have told and lived out the story, often in fear, until it reached our ears for the first time? Christ is risen! God is with us in this time and this place and calling us to rise about the doubts and even the fears and then to dare to be followers of Jesus Christ. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid, go and tell my brothers and sisters to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Experience anew what it means to be raised with Christ (Colossians 3:1). Reengage in daily practices that will rekindle our spiritual intensity.

-Excerpts from Catch the Fire in 50 Days: Joining the Movement of God’s Mission in the World   by Blake Busick and Christie Latona, devotional from Jerry D. Smith 


Prayer for Reflection

O God, remind us that we are raised with Christ. Guide us by your Holy Spirit to fall anew on us.  Help us to not be afraid and to share good news to all we see. In Christ’s Name We Pray. Amen.


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