Great Plains Daily Devotional for 7/1/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Lebanon UMC
Rose Valley UMC
Hays District
Lenora United Parish UMC
Hays District
Logan UMC
Long Island UMC
Hays District
Natoma UMC
Pleasant Plains UMC
Hays District

Today's Lectionary Text

Isaiah 51:1-3

Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness,
    you that seek the Lord.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
    and to the quarry from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your father
    and to Sarah who bore you;
for he was but one when I called him,
    but I blessed him and made him many.
For the Lord will comfort Zion;
    he will comfort all her waste places,
and will make her wilderness like Eden,
    her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
    thanksgiving and the voice of song.

Today's Devotional

This January, I traveled to Israel-Palestine with my fellow seminarians. We saw all the major sites in Bethlehem, Galilee and Jerusalem. When I was packing for my trip, I got excited to see so many of the places. However, when I arrived, I never expected a little ancient town on the Sea of Galilee to make the largest impact.

My name is Madeline, which means “Woman from Magdala” and as kid from Nebraska, I had no idea what Magdala meant. Instead, my mom would always tell me stories of the great-grandmother I shared the name with. I’d hear about how loving Madeline was. However, since I never met my great-grandmother, I had to hear the stories from others. But when I visited Magdala, I saw a baptism in the chapel on the shore of Galilee. Watching this young baby be welcomed into the family of God, I thought about how my mom felt when I was baptized, and how the name Madeline meant so much to her. I thought about Mary Magdalene one of the great disciples, and the witness to the resurrection. Those saints who have gone before me, guide me throughout my life to carry God’s mission.

And so, Isaiah 51:1-3 reminds us to remember the generations before us. To remember the people who are a part of the family of God. Maybe it is the family members who helped guide your family, the Biblical saints or other friends. We then can ask ourselves; how will we live out God’s message of love in the world? Preaching the good news? Serving others? Seeking justice? The world I live in looks different than that of Mary Magdalene and my grandmother, Madeline, however the grace of God extended to them is the same grace extended to us all. So how will you “remember the rock from which you were hewn,” the saints who came before you, and continue to live into their mission?
-Maddie Baugous
Lincoln St. Marks UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Loving God, as we remember our past, the saints who walked before us, guide us to follow in their path to bring about restoration and love to our world. Remind us, we are all part of family, and you know our names. We pray to you our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen


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