Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/26/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Mayetta UMC
Potawatomi UMC
Topeka District
McLouth UMC
Oskaloosa: First UMC
Topeka District
Meriden UMC
Topeka District
Nortonville: New Covenant UMC
Winchester UMC
Topeka District

Today's Lectionary Text

Ecclesiastes 3:1

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

Today's Devotional

I don’t know about you, but I love the gradual transition from winter to summer, and then summer back to winter again. The seasons of spring and fall give us breaks from the harshness of winter and the heat and (sometimes) dryness of summer. I picture spring and fall being the buffer between the two seasons of extreme temperatures and weather. It’s almost like spring says to me, “Hey, it’s time to wake up and enjoy as the earth begins to green again, and the temperatures allow you to leave your heavy coat at home.” It’s the same thing for fall – “I know it’s been hot, but I have some wonderful weather for you as you prepare for the winter cold.”

The opening of the very famous passage from Ecclesiastes 3 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” When a new season in the calendar year approaches, I can’t help but think of that verse, and I can’t help but think of how God has everything ordered for just what we need. These truly magnificent days we have been having this fall remind me of the goodness of God, and how God has created these good things because God loves us, and always has.

There have been years where it seems that we have gone straight from summer to winter, or straight from winter into spring, and I admit to missing spring and fall when that happens. It may not always be the way I want it, but I trust in God to provide for our needs, just as God already has before. So enjoy this beautiful fall season we are having, and put your trust in God for all things, giving thanks for all of our blessings.
-Pastor Keith Anglemyer
Beloit First UMC

Prayer for Reflection

God of the seasons, we give you thanks for ordering this world for our needs. May our faith in you increase through the seasonal transitions of our lives.  AMEN


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