Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/9/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Americus UMC
Flint Hills District
Axtell UMC
Beattie UMC
Flint Hills District
Cottonwood Falls UMC
Elmdale UMC
Flint Hills District
Council Grove Dunlap UMC
Wilsey UMC
Flint Hills District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 6:36-38 

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

Today's Devotional

*Devotion originally published 8/8/2019

Today I stood in line at Dollar General in Scott City, Kansas, on a particular hot, muggy, tiring day. A full two weeks at camp during the hottest days of the summer is tough. But when is ministry always sunshine and roses? While grumbling to myself about how long the line was taking and how ready I was to get on the road to head home, I watched a scene unfold that I myself have been in the leading role. An older lady who looked to be in her early 60s and every bit as tired as me was running her debit card to pay for dog food, Depends, laundry soap, underarm deodorant, shampoo, conditioner and a gallon of milk. Obviously, these items were essentials for her home. The card was denied. She calmly said try it for only $50 and I will put back somethings. Again, the card was denied. At this time loud and clear I heard. Help her out.

I was tired, irritated and hot. So, I ignored this nudge. She asked the clerk to just delete the transaction. As I began to check out again, I heard “HELP her.” I continued to check out and ran my card, just as I started to complete my transaction, again I heard, “help, give away your life, remember your journey.” Finally, I listened, finally I heard. I canceled my transaction so I could also take out money. I quickly finished my transaction and with cash in hand I met the lady at the door. I handed her the cash saying, “I have been where you are. God told me to remember my journey and give away some blessings. I don’t expect to be repaid or anything thing else. Just share your blessings with others. Pay it forward somehow. God bless you my sister in Christ.” Through tears of thanks we shared a hug and a prayer. I left feel God's work happening through me, I wasn’t so exhausted anymore, and I heard an undeniable “Thank you my child.”

Later that day, Luke 6: 36-38 was the subject of our bible study. So, I leave you with this prayer today.

“God, use me as you deem best. Open my eyes, my heart, and my ears to opportunities presented to me to be a blessing to others. Forgive me when I am not my best, not open, and not listening. Help me to slow down enough to be a better blessing to others.” Amen.

--Sara Shaw, camping ministry coordinator​



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