Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/12/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Dorothy Welch
Colony UMC
Five Rivers District
Jim Hopwood
Edgerton UMC
Five Rivers District
Elsmore UMC
Five Rivers District
Steve Cole
Fort Scott: First UMC
Five Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text


Joel 2:21-27

Don’t fear, fertile land;
    rejoice and be glad,
    for the Lord is about to do great things!
Don’t be afraid, animals of the field,
        for the meadows of the wilderness will turn green;
    the tree will bear its fruit;
        the fig tree and grapevine will give their full yield.
Children of Zion,
        rejoice and be glad in the Lord your God,
    because he will give you the early rain as a sign of righteousness;
        he will pour down abundant rain for you,
            the early and the late rain, as before.
The threshing floors will be full of grain;
        the vats will overflow with new wine and fresh oil.
I will repay you for the years
        that the cutting locust,
    the swarming locust, the hopping locust, and the devouring locust have eaten—
        my great army, which I sent against you.
You will eat abundantly and be satisfied,
        and you will praise the name of the Lord your God,
    who has done wonders for you;
        and my people will never again be put to shame.
You will know that I am in the midst of Israel,
        and that I am the Lord your God—no other exists;
        never again will my people be put to shame.

Today's Devotional

As I ponder this passage today, we are on day 235 of the Covid-19 Pandemic in our conference.  Many express feelings like they are wandering around in devastated land.  Everyday it seems like a new crazy thing has taken place, only to be chalked up as “anything can happen in 2020.”

This passage is a great comfort as the words of compassion and promise are made clear.  In the beginning of verse 18 we read, then the LORD became passionate. In the following verses were the promise of new life – food, grain, all that is needed to sustain human beings and the animals of the fields.  The LORD reminded the people that He was in the midst of Israel

These same words of compassion still ring true in 2020.  Even through everything, the promise that I am in the midst of Israel {Kansas and Nebraska}, and that I am the LORD your God can still be heard in our souls today.  Times are hard, life is challenging.  We have no clue what health directive or executive order may come our way again.  With cases continuing to rise in both states of the conference, something must take place to stop the spread of this virus.  Yet, in the unknowing of every second of the day, it is a comfort, beyond comfort that our LORD is in the midst of all things taking place. 

We want fast answers, we want this pandemic to go away, we want the election over (will be by the time this is shared!), we want life back to normal (prepare for the new normal), we want everything to be as they were (we’re moving into unknown territory), we want – we want – we want. 

In the new days ahead of us, as we continue to figure out our new normal, with changes every day, let us rest assured knowing that this promise will never be broken: You will know that I am in the midst of Israel {Kansas and Nebraska}, and that I am the LORD your God.  Rest in the promise of compassion and promise. 
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator

Prayer for Reflection

Sustaining God, empower us to recognize the midst in our lives where you are.  Awaken us to the empowerment of compassion and promise, that we too, will be in the midst for someone else.  Amen.


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