Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/23/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Mary Ellen Kilmer
Deaconess: Substitute Teacher Gering Public Schools
Great West District
Gideon Achi
Alliance UMC
Lakeside UMC
Great West District
Rodney Heilbrun
Benkelman UMC
Stratton Community UMC
Great West District
Jacob Keega
Big Springs, NE UMC
Julesburg UMC
Great West District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 15: 5

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything.

Today's Devotional

While a small group of us were working Hurricane Sally relief in Foley and Gulf Shores, Alabama recently, I drove passed this tree time after time.  Every time I went by, this tree caught my attention, and I could never really figure out why.  Then it hit me!  The after-storm formation of this pine tree is a perfect affirmation of John 15:5, Remain in Me, and I will remain in you.  This tree is splintered and bent, yet not broken. The root system, where life is drawn is still grounded and covered.  There are spots of death and life side by side.  The wounds are open and raw, yet still that tree remains together.  Remain in Me . .

Life is a lot like this tree!  We bend but don’t break.  We have spots of death that overwhelm our living. The wounds of racism, covid, politics, and anything else you can name, are open and raw, and we just crave healing.  We think we can just not hold our base to the life-giving roots of living.  We want to just let God handle it all without us – I will remain in you. 

Like the roots maintaining life for this pine tree, we must do our part to remain rooted for the bends, wounds, spots of death, and rawness that exposes us to the storms that come our way.  Remain in Me – and you will be stronger than the storms.  I will remain in You – we are God’s child and even with the debris of life comes our way, our Creator and Sustaining God is still giving us nourishment.

Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. 
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator


Prayer for Reflection

When we are bent, wounded, raw, and the taste of death is with us, send a glimpse of the tree to remind us that we are one.  Thank You, God, for remaining in us always.  Amen.


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