Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/25/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Randolph, NE First UMC
Wausa UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
South Sioux City St Paul UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Decatur UMC
Tekamah First UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Rosalie UMC
Walthill First UMC
Elkhorn Valley District

Today's Lectionary Text

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Today's Devotional

The past few years we have taken some of our cattle out to my in-law’s pastures near Wilson, Kansas. This is known as Post Rock Country for their use of the limestone for fence posts. This year I came across the above configuration and thought, “That will preach.”

My first thoughts were of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But as I have looked longer at the photo two other things have come to mind. Faith, Hope and Love has been a part of many a wedding ceremony. I know Paul was talking about the church when he wrote these words, but these stone posts remind me of those words and marriage.

My in-laws have been married for over 50 years. For my parents this is not their first marriage, but they are celebrating their 26th this year. My husband and I will be married for 19 years in August. I see the two outer posts leaning in together and the central post is our faith in God.

Over time, the wire holding these posts can become slack and the central post may lean, but if we work on it every year, tighten the barbed wire and continue to support each other, encourage each other and deepen our faith then it can last a lifetime.

I do not know when these fences were originally built, and I wonder if the original builders knew they would be around this long and celebrated. I wonder if they were people of faith who also thought of the trinity when they built their fences. I do know that they were clever and aware that a single post was bound to give way, but with support on each side it would last a very long time.
--Lisa Soukup
Communications administrative assistant

Prayer for Reflection

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the words of Paul to your church regarding faith, hope, and love. We know the greatest of these is love. Help us to lean on each other and put you in the center of our lives.


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