Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/9/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Brenda Kostner Johnson
Anthony UMC
Harper UMC
Wichita West District
Kenneth Keeling
Attica: Trinity UMC
Zenda UMC
Wichita West District
Karen Miller
Bluff City UMC
Burchfiel UMC
Wichita West District
Matt Johnson
Caldwell: First UMC
Wichita West District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 137:1-6

By the rivers of Babylon—
    there we sat down and there we wept
    when we remembered Zion.
On the willows there
    we hung up our harps.
For there our captors
    asked us for songs,
and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying,
    “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How could we sing the Lord’s song
    in a foreign land?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
    let my right hand wither!
Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth,
    if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem
    above my highest joy.

Today's Devotional

A prayer for the closing of Summer Camps

While my head knows it is the right decision,
My heart aches with the loss.
For all the kids who will miss out – on the fun, on the worship, on the connection with each other and with God
For all the kids (like my precious PKs) for whom summer camp is their constant, their rock, their place of peace in a world of chaos, their wild and different encounter with God
For all the adults, young and old, that have lost their summer jobs, their purpose, their connection
For all the horses who will miss their riders, for all the animals who will grow more wild
For the teens who are missing what would have been their last summer of camp before moving into the adult world
For missed connections, new and old
For the parents scrambling to find new childcare, and new options all while grieving alongside their grieving children
I grieve.

 
--Rev. Andrea Beyer
Clay Center, Kansas, UMC
abeyer@greatplainsumc.org

Prayer for Reflection

Holy and blessed God, please touch all these kids and adults who are affected by this loss. Soothe their sorrowful hearts. Boost their spirits in new ways this summer. Help them to encounter you and each other in new and amazing ways.
Amen

 

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