Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/29/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Brenda McGuire
McCook Memorial UMC
Great West District
Joe Schumacher
Henry Lyman UMC
Mitchell UMC
Morrill First UMC
Great West District
Doug Delp
North Platte First UMC
Great West District
Chuck Rager
Ogallala First UMC
Great West District

Today's Lectionary Text

Mark 13:24-27

“But in those days, after that suffering,

the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from heaven,
    and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

Today's Devotional

It is hard to believe it is the Advent season! We are preparing the way for the greatest gift of all, the birth of Jesus. I will admit though, for myself the start of the Advent season feels strange, and different. Live-streaming services and recording Christmas in advance feels strange to me. The holiday season is always about being together. Being with family or friends, cooking yummy treats and singing Christmas songs. But this year many of those traditions have to be cut short. The reality of COVID-19 is ongoing, and we are continuing to adapt our holiday experience.
 
For myself this season, there are two things I see important: preparation and hope. I need to prepare my heart emotionally and spiritually for the difference in my expectations of what Christmas will look like. To not expect to gather everyone in the sanctuary this season and to know that Christmas might feel especially sad and different this year. Prepare to have my expectations changed. While I must prepare for the changes, I still need to hold on to hope, the hope that in the midst of all that is going on God is still at work. Even if the Christmas service and traditions look different, my faith is built on the reality that Jesus’ birth symbolizes light in the darkness; hope for all people.
 
So on this first Sunday of Advent, I’m starting to prepare my heart, to make way for the Son of Man who comes with power and glory. And I continue to hold on to the hope that all will be restored.
- Maddi Baugous
Pastoral Intern
First United Methodist Omaha

maddi.baugous@fumcomaha.org
 

Prayer for Reflection

Loving God, prepare our hearts to receive the gift of Jesus. May we never lose hope in these challenging times, knowing you are always working. Amen.
 

 

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