Great Plains Daily Devotional for 4/15/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Minneapolis: First UMC
Salina District
Minneapolis: First UMC
Salina District
Green UMC
Morganville UMC
Salina District
Salina Church of the Cross UMC
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

 Luke 24:1-10

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”  Then they remembered his words. When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.  It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 

Today's Devotional

The women became witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus when they remembered what Jesus had said. We need to remember the words of God to be the agents of God’s Kingdom.  What did God say?  God did not guarantee a trouble-filled life. God did say that we would face troubles. God did say that we would have challenges.  However, God also said that if we would follow God’s words God would be with us! To be the agencies of the movement that God is making, we have to remember what God has said! Let us go back to the words of God! Otherwise, even when you see the empty tomb, you will just go home, amazed with what has happened!

As you ponder this Scripture and God’s words today, what adjustments if any do you want to make in your thinking or acting which would make God’s words and the resurrection of Jesus more central in your life? 
— Rev. Nicole Conard
Young Adult Ministry Coordinator

Prayer for Reflection

O God, we remember the words of you.  Help your words come to mind to help calm our fears, to focus on you and to hear your voice in our lives. Revive in us a heart ‘strangely warmed’ by the risen Christ. Amen.


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