Great Plains Daily Devotional for 7/25/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Ron King
Kansas City: Mason Memorial UMC
Kansas City District
Joseph Ogole
Kansas City: Ushindi Mission
Kansas City District
Susan Stauch
Kansas City: Wesley UMC
Kansas City District
Kim Dominic
Kansas City: Wyandotte UMC
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Ecclesiastes 1: 17-18

And I applied my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a chasing after wind.

For in much wisdom is much vexation,
and those who increase knowledge increase sorrow.

Today's Devotional

Is anyone else grieving each time the next thing is cancelled? It seems 2020 is a year of loss. Lost graduations, lost sporting tournaments, lost camping experiences. Today seems a special day of loss as the news is released that we will not meet for an Annual Conference session this October and we are not greeting campers at Baker University for Institute. Yes, we have found ways to do new things, but it’s not the same and we grieve the loss of things held dear. Our local congregation has had to cancel so many events, including our grand plans to celebrate 150 years in the community. Loss and disappointment seem to come rolling down the mountain like a landslide, threatening to sweep us away with all we cherish. Like Solomon, I find myself trying to find the meaning in all of this, only to feel like it’s chasing after the wind. I know it’s okay to feel that grief and even allow myself to cry for the loss. And yet, at times, I feel overwhelmed, like my world is spiraling down to a certain crash.

I imagine the disciples must have felt this desolation after the crucifixion of Jesus. Their world as they knew it was in tatters. Should they go back to their old occupations? This isn’t how it was supposed to be. What did the last three years mean? They didn’t know, as we do, that the promised Holy Spirit would come and send them in a totally new direction.

I don’t know what all is going to change permanently due to the pandemic. Only God knows what lies down the road. I do know that I was comfortable with life and maybe that, too, is the Holy Spirit sending me in a new direction. This I know- God understands our grief, surrounds us with His love and walks with us down this strange unfamiliar road. That, after all, is what faith is all about.
-Mary L. Brooks
Five Rivers Lay Leader and LSM Director

Prayer for Reflection

God of the ages, we weep for many things. Comfort us in our grieving, but don’t let us linger there. Send us in new directions to a future only you can see. Amen.


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