Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/16/2020

Today please be in prayer for

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Today's Lectionary Text

1 Peter 1:3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Today's Devotional

A year ago, 9-11-19, we enlisted everyone we could to be prayer warriors for a new baby who came into our family at 1lb, 4oz and her mommy at risk -- our grandson’s family. People all over the world have been praying -- thank you for your continued prayers and concerns. Faith alone carried them through a scary time and there are still mountains to climb. This little girl is 1 year old now, growing, laughing, and thriving on the love of her faithful parents, and personality therapists Buba and Sissy. Being born on 9-11 has to give a hidden strength -- and a belief in miracles.
There are many types of loss other than physical death: sickness, divorce, jobs, crushed dreams, calamity, natural disasters, war. They all seem to bring us to the same point of need. This is the message for all of us -- that Jesus is our first and last hope. Having faith in the Lord means you are allowing Him to work things out for the good of all -- it may require you to step out of your box.
-Bonita Kitts
Certified Lay Speaker
Ottawa First UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Dear Lord, we can’t understand the losses and struggles that we have. Through it all we are thankful that you have made a way for us to get to the other side, in Jesus Christ your son. Amen



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