Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/9/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Kris Brinlee
Hope UMC
Lyona UMC
Woodbine UMC
Salina District
Tom Blake
Hope UMC
Lyona UMC
Woodbine UMC
Salina District
Dayna Hauschild
Central KS Mental Health Assoc
Salina District
Melissa Calvillo
Deaconess: Lecturer of Nursing Education, KS Wesleyan
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 27: 1-3

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear ?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid ?  When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh - my adversaries and foes – they shall stumble and fall.  Though an enemy encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. Though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.

Today's Devotional

We are living in a strange world filled with division, anger, anxiety and fear. And election results will not simply change that.  So consider this statement:
“Confidence in self breeds confidence in others, and fear weakens both the brain that plans and the hand that executes.”  (Helen Williams)
 
I’ve been asking myself these days what it means to have “confidence.”   Confidence: con= with  fidere=trust.  So having confidence means to live with trust and faith.  And to have a trusting, faith-based attitude.  Psalm 27 mentions the word “confidence” as the Psalmist states in the midst of his troubles, threats and fears, “I will be confident.”
 
What does it mean for us today, November 9th, to live with confidence in the midst of troubles, a pandemic, and all sorts of issues inviting us to be fearful ?
Doesn’t Psalm 27 (I invite you to read all of the Psalm slowly) affirm a confidence that emerges when we live in a trusting relationship with God, with others and with our innermost self ? As the Psalm  affirms  to trust God - as our light, our salvation, our stronghold, our help, our security, our hiding place, our place of worship -  is an act of confidence, which in turn reduces fear and creates courage.
 
As  I at times struggle  in these days of 2020, I want to seek  to be more confident. To be more trusting in a power beyond my own. To let go and let God. To experience “courage as fears that have said their prayers.” And to see the world differently than fear based nightly news or venting social media.  And so I’m taking a personal Psalm 27 pledge – to read Psalm 27 regularly and then to pray it. Blessings as you also seek to grow in confidence  - with trust!
  Rev. Rick Saylor  
Retired Clergy,
rsaylor@greatplainsumc.org

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Receive some joy, listen to the virtual choir sing “How Can I Keep from Singing”

 

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