Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/6/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Sarah Gill
Green UMC
Morganville UMC
Salina District
Loren Drummond
Salina Church of the Cross UMC
Salina District
Richard Fitzgerald
Salina First UMC
Salina District
Jacques Kambol
Salina First UMC
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

1 Thessalonians 5:18

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Today's Devotional

After two months preparing to celebrate Halloween, it’s time to spend another two months on the 2020 Christmas Craze compounded by COVID-19!  The stores started displaying Christmas stuff in mid-October.  Somewhere in the middle there is a day where we eat a lot, interact with family members whom we may/may not like, and maybe watch sports or movies; but that’s just a bump on the path to Christmas, isn’t it?

It’s like the world wants us all to go straight from “Give me candy” to “Give me gifts” without being thankful for anything. However, when we forget to be thankful, we miss a powerful way to interact with God that lifts the spirit, leads to peace, and raises the mind above the craziness.  An online search for “thank” into Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance (@ yielded 1,225 results.  If God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) emphasizes something by repeating it in the Bible, and “thank” appears 1225 times in Scripture, then thankfulness must be extremely important to Them. 

Thankfulness is like a superpower because when we thank God for something, we declare our trust in God.  We remind ourselves that no matter what, God is the Sovereign of the Universe; and if we are under God’s protection while God sustains us, no one can stop God from doing so!  Ever!  No matter what craziness the world dishes out, God keeps us safe and provides all that we need.  (Sometimes God even tells us to provide what somebody else needs, too.)  Therefore, we don’t have to get swept up in the craze.  All we have to do is listen to God and follow God through, around, or above the craze.

The more we thank God, the more we see God as God really is.  God is powerful.  God is sovereign.  God is trustworthy. God is infinitely creative and resourceful.  God is beautiful.  God is love.  There is always something for which to thank God.  If all one has is the air one breathes, then one can thank God for the air and the ability to breathe it.  (By the way, God doesn’t shame anyone for approaching Them and asking Them for something.)  

First and foremost, interact with God every minute of every day as much as you can.  Thanking God for something is a great way to start.
-Meri Hoover
Certified Lay Speaker
Elkhorn Hills UMC


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