Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/22/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Geneva UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Grand Island: First-Faith UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Grand Island Trinity UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Grand Island Trinity UMC
Prairie Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Ezekiel 36: 33-38

“‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Once again I will yield to Israel’s plea and do this for them: I will make their people as numerous as sheep, as numerous as the flocks for offerings at Jerusalem during her appointed festivals. So will the ruined cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

Today's Devotional

I love to hike. One foot in front of the other for as long as it takes. I found a trail this summer that I just had to walk. It appeared treacherous but oh so challenging. Actually, I was afraid to hike it alone because it looked very demanding. I could find no one to go with me, so, in defiance of it all, I decided to boldly hike it alone.
As I started the journey I prayed for courage and safety. As I prayed, I realized I wasn’t alone at all. The Lord was with me and kept me safe. I felt His presence and talked to Him occasionally to make sure He was still with me.
The trail became even more difficult than I imagined. This world created by God is so magnificent, awesome and immense. I can’t take it all in. It was so high yet also so low. It is difficult to imagine the glaciers, the ocean, the volcanos all used to build these gigantic monuments for God and then the rain and wind and earthquakes to tear it down
Perhaps our world goes through these cycles, periods of building up and then times of tearing down. The question begs: Where are we today? Building up or tearing down?
We build with science, education, vast resources, and the love of God. Strong communities take care of the poor and marginalized.
We tear down with systemic racism, angry politics, and a pandemic virus. People filled with hate, bigotry, anger, and greed. Where are we Lord? Building up or tearing down?
With Faith and Love, I hope we are at a turning point. Have we learned enough from the tearing down that we can begin to build back up? Rebuilding our communities, churches, nations, and the world. Can we build the world that God intended?
Are you with us Lord? I am with you, always.
--Mary Feit
Great Plains Conference
Director of Lay Servant Ministry

Prayer for Reflection

Dear Holy One, we are filled with despair, sadness, anger and frustration with the world today. We praise and honor your Holy Name and the magnificent world you have created for us. Forgive our lack of faith and replace it with hope. Help us to rebuild the world you intended. In Jesus precious name we pray. Amen and Amen.


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