Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/12/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Hartford UMC
Neosho Rapids: Memorial UMC
Flint Hills District
Harveyville UMC
Flint Hills District
Junction City: Church of Our Saviour UMC
Flint Hills District
Junction City: First UMC
Flint Hills District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 85

Lord, you were favorable to your land;
    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people;
    you pardoned all their sin.Selah
You withdrew all your wrath;
    you turned from your hot anger.

Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
    and put away your indignation toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever?
    Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
    so that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
    and grant us your salvation.

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
    for he will speak peace to his people,
    to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
    that his glory may dwell in our land.

Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
    righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
    and righteousness will look down from the sky.
The Lord will give what is good,
    and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before him,
    and will make a path for his steps.

Today's Devotional

When my mother used to visit me, she would often return home with one of my nearly dead attempts at growing plants. I love plants – especially flowering ones – but I definitely did NOT inherit my mother’s green thumb – and I often forgot to water them until it was nearly too late. The plants she would take home would eventually come back to my house looking as good (and sometimes better than) they had been when I purchased them at the garden store.
Eventually I learned to keep geraniums alive and discovered a couple of other flowering plants that I could manage. But when I lived in parsonages with west-facing front porches I lost more porch plants than I could keep alive. Then, in my final appointment, a flower-loving parishioner introduced me to vinca. Vinca is a wonderfully resilient flowering plant. It withstands the Kansas summer heat and can even go without water for a few days. But the most amazing thing about this flowering plant, to me, is that it can look shriveled and dead with no life left in it. Yet you can pour some water on it and within a few hours it will once again be standing tall and lush with its pink flowers looking bright and healthy.
As I watched my pots of vinca coming back to life the other day (after forgetting them for a few days), it occurred to me that I am much like those plants. When I don’t keep my life, my spirit, watered with the Word of God and nurtured with prayer I, too, shrivel up and wilt. But God revives and renews my life when I take time to immerse myself in Scripture, devotional reading, and prayer – and, if I do that on a daily basis, I seldom find myself shriveling. These means of grace strengthen me to do what I can to encourage others, as well – not unlike the way reviving vinca flowers encourage me.
     -Rev. Robbie Fall, retired Elder 
Hutchinson, KS

Prayer for Reflection

Revive me, O Lord, and keep me close to your Word, Jesus. Renew me through our conversations. And show me how I can be a blessing to others. Amen.



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