Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/22/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Laurel UMC
Logan Center UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Bristow UMC
Lynch: First UMC
Spencer UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Lyons, NE Memorial UMC
Oakland First UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Madison, NE Trinity UMC
Norfolk Westridge UMC
Elkhorn Valley District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 6 

O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
    O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
My soul also is struck with terror,
    while you, O Lord—how long?

Turn, O Lord, save my life;
    deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
For in death there is no remembrance of you;
    in Sheol who can give you praise?

I am weary with my moaning;
    every night I flood my bed with tears;
    I drench my couch with my weeping.
My eyes waste away because of grief;
    they grow weak because of all my foes.

Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
    for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my supplication;
    the Lord accepts my prayer.
All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror;
    they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.

Today's Devotional

Let me admit, I am tired. I feel worn out. All I want to do is take a nap. As our world is troubled by a global pandemic our country addresses systemic racism, I feel tried from all which has happened in the last few months. I feel as though myself and many others are crying out to God, and simply crying out with pain, grief, and a call for justice on our lips. For myself, I have grieved not seeing my friends or church community in the physical church building. I have been moved to work on addressing my own racism, after watching many black and brown bodies be unjustly harmed and killed.
Many might feel disheartened and unsure what this all means for us. And we feel like the psalmist who writes, “Weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.” (Psalm 6:6) Our world right now is weeping and crying out due to the great pain and injustice present in our world. In this moment, tears and sleepless nights might be all we can manage. Often, we are told to simply stay positive, to not be sad by the world but to find joy. But there is such power in lamenting or expressing our grief to God. For God hears our cries. For God knows the pain we are experiencing and lets us all have our moment to express our pain and just lament. God’s steadfast love never leaves us, and the God of life will be the one who cares for us in these moments. If you are feeling frustrated, sad, or lost: call out to God. Lament. Feel all the emotions. And know God’s steadfast love will never leave you, even during pain and challenges.

Maddi Baugous
Lincoln St. Marks UMC

Prayer for Reflection

God of resurrection, there is much pain and sadness in our world. Hear our laments and reassure our spirits so we can continue to bring healing and life to this world. In your everlasting name we pray. Amen.


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