Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/22/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Buck's Grove UMC
Circleville UMC
Topeka District
Corning: Trinity UMC
Goff UMC
Wetmore UMC
Topeka District
NEK Multi-County Health Dept Hospice Chaplin
Denton, KS UMC
Topeka District
Effingham Union Church
Topeka District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 106: 1-12

Praise the Lord.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord
    or fully declare his praise?
Blessed are those who act justly,
    who always do what is right.

Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people,
    come to my aid when you save them,
that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,
    that I may share in the joy of your nation
    and join your inheritance in giving praise.

We have sinned, even as our ancestors did;
    we have done wrong and acted wickedly.
When our ancestors were in Egypt,
    they gave no thought to your miracles;
they did not remember your many kindnesses,
    and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea.
Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
    to make his mighty power known.
He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
    he led them through the depths as through a desert.
He saved them from the hand of the foe;
    from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.
The waters covered their adversaries;
    not one of them survived.
Then they believed his promises
    and sang his praise.

Today's Devotional

Psalm 106 begins, as do most worship services, with praise and gratitude. My daily prayers begin much the same, honoring the One who gave me life and love and thanking God for all that has been freely given to me including the eternal covenant. The Psalm then quickly moves to our failures: to love God with all that we are and our neighbors as ourselves.
In my neighborhood, there is a small group of neighbors that meet regularly on each other’s driveways in the evening when weather and time permits. Our discussion often includes the condition of the world we live in. Cussing and discussing the evils within our community as well as the hopeful events that occur. We try to determine attitudes and actions that we can support that might have a positive effect on our world. I believe that one of our neighbors summed it up very nicely: “It all comes down to being a good neighbor.” Yes, what a grand world it would be if we were all good neighbors.
At times, it seems very difficult to find hope in today’s world, but this piece of scripture assures us of God’s everlasting and unconditional love. It reminds me that no matter what happens in this world, I will be OK. I feel reassured that the Holy Spirit lives within me and God’s love and grace forgives even me.
--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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