Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/5/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Rod Lyon
Raymond UMC
Blue River District
Robert Perry
Seward UMC
Blue River District
JoEllen Axthelm
Seward UMC
Blue River District
Dick Webster
Syracuse, NE: First UMC
Unadilla UMC
Blue River District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 8


To the leader: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
    Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
    to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
    mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Today's Devotional

Psalm 8 celebrates God’s creative power and our relationship with God’s creation. Words matter, and the words we use to describe our relationship with God affect how we view it. The New Revised Standard Version opens and closes Psalm 8 with “O Lord, our sovereign.” The Book of Common Prayer says, “O Lord, our governor.” While we rarely use the title of governor outside of politics, I’ve found reflecting on it has helped me recently.
 
It’s a reminder that our divine governance is above any political governance we have put into place. We are, first and foremost, children of God. The word has also reinforced the great responsibility to care for God's creation in a way that meets God's vision for it. Maybe it's a stronger connection for me. I am employed at the pleasure of the governor of the State of Kansas. But it's been speaking to me, saying I have another's expectations I must live up to.
 
We have dominion over God's creation, but we are governed. We must be stewards of creation in a way that pleases God. We have far too often used our dominion to exploit Earth’s natural resources. We pollute its air, ground, and water. We fail to see the image of God in each other. We see first race, nationality, class, gender, and not another child of God. It’s when we see another as less than human that we fail to love our neighbor as ourselves. It’s the path that leads us to discrimination, racism, violence, war.
 
As I've watched the events of the past week unfold, I've felt helpless. I'm not sure how I – a middle-aged white man who pastors two small congregations in Kansas – can move America toward ending a system of racism that's four hundred years old. The only answer for me; do my very best to see everyone I encounter as a fellow child of God. And encourage anyone who will listen to do the same.
-Michael Turner, Pastor
Auburn UMC/Topeka Grace UMC
michael.turner@greatplainsumc.org

 

Prayer for Reflection

O Lord, our governor, we give you thanks for all your creation. We thank you for its beauty, its diversity, and its ever-changing seasons. We thank you for the responsibility of stewardship you have placed in us. We seek forgiveness for when we have failed in that stewardship and when we have failed to love our neighbor. Grant us vision so that we may see your image in everyone we meet. Amen.
 

 

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