Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/8/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Henry Lyman UMC
Mitchell UMC
Morrill First UMC
Great West District
Mullen First UMC
Tryon Community UMC
Great West District
North Platte First UMC
Great West District
Ogallala First UMC
Great West District

Today's Lectionary Text

Acts 6:8-15 

Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and others of those from Cilicia and Asia, stood up and argued with Stephen. But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke. Then they secretly instigated some men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” They stirred up the people as well as the elders and the scribes; then they suddenly confronted him, seized him, and brought him before the council. They set up false witnesses who said, “This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law; for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses handed on to us.” And all who sat in the council looked intently at him, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Today's Devotional

What does the “face of an angel” look like? Curly har, chubby cheeks? Does the angel aim an arrow on Valentine’s Day? Is it the hardened warrior of God? Is it the wondering and worried look of a Gabriel telling a girl what she cannot understand, and hearing her consent to what she cannot know? I was told an angel is a messenger. I hear the message from one who know and loves me. Grace and power come from compassion, I think (and hope!). Perhaps the face of an angel is the face of friend who tells the truth. I pray that, from time to time, it is my face for others.

- Reflection from Ted Virts

Prayer for Reflection

For those who are facing tough opposition or persecution because of their faith – that the power and grace of the Spirit might shine brightly.

All excerpts from “Catch the Fire in 50 Days: Joining the Movement of God’s Mission in the World”  by Blake Busick and Christie Latona.


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