Great Plains Daily Devotional for 4/18/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Brian Faust
Webber UMC
Salina District
Kris Brinlee
Lyona UMC
Woodbine UMC
Salina District
Lynn Sifrit
Chaplain
Montgomery Hospice, Rockville, MD
Salina District
John Blackwell
Professor of Biblical Studies
Mount Olive College-NC
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

Colossians 3:1-4

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
 

Today's Devotional

This week I did the program of a United Methodist Women’s meeting that met via Zoom.  It had been a while since I had brought a program to a UMW meeting, so I began to ask, “What is the theme for this month?”

Sure enough, the title was “This Little Light of Mine.” I began my research, having the song lyrics begin to sing in my head.  Sometimes the song lyrics were in a child’s voice, a children’s choir or looking up on YouTube the version by Odetta – This Little Light of Mine (best version).

I began to think about how we can set our hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  On a typical day, what do you seek?  How often do you ‘seek the things that are above?’

For me, it is not just this time in prayer and devotion. It is the funny times or a John Krasinski episode on Facebook of “Some Good News” that he promotes good news. I’d interpret it as the ways that our world is rising to ways of loving our neighbors. 

More seriously, it is also seeing the healthcare workers on the front lines of fighting this virus, the teachers who are connecting with students in new ways, the leadership in our churches and communities – you -- who point us to faith, connection and guidance with Christ’s news that the worst thing is never the last, that there is light amid darkness.  Giving hope and life is what we do as Easter people. 

Intentionally today, reset your mind on things that are above three times (perhaps around meals).  Then reflect on ‘things above’ between those times.  Find ways to name keep the light going day after day, even it if it singing  “This Little Light of Mine” no matter what it sounds like and however we may see it today.
— Rev. Nicole Conard
Young Adult Ministry Coordinator

nconard@greatplainsumc.org

Prayer for Reflection

Christ, we are raised with you. Help us to know what that means with our heads, experience that with our hearts, and be your hands and feet in this time of setting our hearts on things above.

-Excerpts from Catch the Fire in 50 Days: Joining the Movement of God’s Mission in the World   by Blake Busick and Christie Latona, For sermon outlines and worship helps for the season of Easter, go to www.greatplainsumc.org/catchfire.   
 

 

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