Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/13/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Wichita Saint Mark UMC
Wichita East District
Wichita Saint Mark UMC
Wichita East District
Wichita University UMC
Wichita East District
Winfield First UMC
Wichita East District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 2:14

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward all.

Today's Devotional

It was a cold, snowy December Saturday at my Western Pennsylvania home. My dad asked me to help him shovel a new load of coal into our near empty coal bin. My 12-year-old heart loved the opportunity to spend the afternoon with my dad, as together, shovel by shovel, we rhythmically unloaded the truck’s load. Then when we finished Dad informed me that we were not done. We needed to get another load of coal and take it to Minnie Snyder’s house. Why, I asked, with aching muscles? Dad reminded me Minnie was an elderly widow member of our church who was poor and barely getting by financially. So, we drove to the tipple, Dad bought another load and again we shoveled another load of coal into a near empty coal bin. Near dusk when we finished, Minnie came to the door and with tears running down her face she said, “Thank you Wilford and Ricky.”
The next morning in worship we sang the familiar Christmas carol “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.” As we sang the words of the first verse “Peace on earth good will toward men,” it dawned on me that what Dad and I did yesterday with the load of coal was an act of “Good Will.” It was “peace on earth, good will toward Minnie.”
Now nearly 60 years later I am grateful for that experience of shoveling coal. It taught me about good will toward others. My dad taught me that day that good will is an act – an intentional and specific act towards a fellow human being that takes time, effort, energy and sometimes opening one’s wallet. The Greek word used in the angel’s message about “good will” is “Eudokia”. The word is a verb meaning doing good, doing wellness, doing blessing to another. So, as we live in a troubled, needy and sometimes cold world how can we, how can you, do good will toward others? What is God calling us to do this month as specific intentional acts of good will toward fellow human beings?  Not just once but over and over? And to what young person in your circle of relationships can you teach and embody good will?

May you find a “Minnie” in your world to bring peace, blessing and good will!
--Rev. Rick Saylor, retired clergy
Kansas City, Missouri

Prayer for Reflection

Take a moment of quiet reflection to discover who is on your mind to whom you can bring good will. And consider some intentional acts you can take this month in giving of yourself to others as an act of good will. And pray for those who like Minnie, don’t have enough to provide the basics in life.


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