Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/10/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Omaha Water's Edge UMC
Missouri River District
Papillion St Paul's UMC
Missouri River District
Burchard UMC
DuBois UMC
Pawnee City First UMC
Missouri River District
Plattsmouth First UMC
Missouri River District

Today's Lectionary Text


Psalm 121

A Song of Ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
    from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time on and forevermore.

Today's Devotional

I will be the first to admit that I am not what I would consider to be a “cool” person. My kids are constantly reminding me of this fact every time I send them what I think is a hilarious “dad joke” or pun through social media. I wait for their laughter to come back to me, but most often it’s a long wait before I give up.

But I do know a little of modern slang, and one that I chuckle at sometimes is the use of the word “shade.” The Urban Dictionary says that shade is “casual or disrespectful manner towards someone/dissing a friend.” One example sentence says, “Rose threw shade at Mona when she said there isn't a guy in her degree program Mona hadn't kissed.”

I believe I will stick with the way God “throws shade.” In Psalm 121, verse 5, the shade God throws is much more welcome and comforting. “The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand.” That shade reminds me of a hot summer day, sitting underneath the canopy provided by a century-old tree as the breeze gently cools the sweat on my skin. It reminds me of sitting on the shady side of the wheat truck in the harvest field as a youth, eating home-grown cherry tomatoes out of the cooler filled with ice and water.

God’s shade isn’t meant to harm us or disrespect us. God’s shade is there to protect us and cool us and love us. So I may not be the coolest person on earth, but I know I’m a lot cooler when I choose to walk in the shade that God throws. And I know that when I throw God’s shade at others, it’s out of the same love that God has for me.
--Keith Anglemyer, pastor
Beloit FUMC

Prayer for Reflection

On a hot day, O God, you are the shade that protects and cools me. Thank you for your shade and protection at all times in my life. AMEN


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