Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/27/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Rod Lyon
Raymond UMC
Blue River District
Mary Kay Totty
Seward UMC
Blue River District
JoEllen Axthelm
Seward UMC
Blue River District
Dick Webster
Syracuse, NE: First UMC
Unadilla UMC
Blue River District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 111

Praise the Lord!
    I thank the Lord with all my heart
    in the company of those who do right, in the congregation.
The works of the Lord are magnificent;
    they are treasured by all who desire them.
God’s deeds are majestic and glorious.
    God’s righteousness stands forever.
God is famous for his wondrous works.
    The Lord is full of mercy and compassion.
God gives food to those who honor him.
    God remembers his covenant forever.
God proclaimed his powerful deeds to his people
    and gave them what had belonged to other nations.
God’s handiwork is honesty and justice;
    all God’s rules are trustworthy—
        they are established always and forever:
        they are fulfilled with truth and right doing.
God sent redemption for his people;
    God commanded that his covenant last forever.
        Holy and awesome is God’s name!
Fear of the Lord is where wisdom begins;
    sure knowledge is for all who keep God’s laws.
        God’s praise lasts forever!

Today's Devotional

One look at the sunrises and sunsets in the great plains, and you are giving witness to the magnificent handiwork of God.  What a wonderful way to begin and/or end a day by seeing such glory.  Do you ever give much thought to what happens between the sunrise and the sunset? How do we use the time following the gift of the sunrise?  Author and Pastor Tim Keller said, Work has dignity because it is something that God does and because we do it in God’s place, as His representatives.  The gift of the sunrise is our wake-up to get to God’s work of being the church!  God has given us the chance to make a difference and to make this world a better place. 

 Work has dignity – so let’s get at it.  Our virtual world has brought challenges, yet at the same time, we are connected to more people on-line, than we are when we are in person.  On Sunday’s, I greet others from my House of Worship via Facebook chat, then as I’m watching other services from various places, I “check-in” on chat.  Very often I will have 2 or 3 individuals from that House of Worship, reply and welcome me to their service.   During our Zoom meetings and trainings, we are with more people from around the conference and often around the United States.  In our virtual world, we still need to get at it!

Every email we write, every call we take or make, every text we send, all provides us with the means to live our work dignity and to make a difference.  Being the church is more important now than it ever has been – and it has always been extremely important.

If we work with dignity, and work to make this a better place to be, then as we view the sunsets, we can reflect on day and give thanks.  The sunsets draw us to the close of a day, and as we view the sun setting, we are reminded that it’s time for a different routine.  If you have family, it’s time to connect in ways differently than during the day.  For me, being single, it’s a time for quietness and also a different routine than the day.  It’s time for rest and renewal, so that as the sun rises the next day, we are ready to work with dignity for the changing of the world.

Sunrise – sunset, and all that is between – a time to make a difference in our world.
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator


Prayer for Reflection

From the rising of the sun, to the setting of the sun, God may we be the church.  Empower us to work with dignity and to bring change and make a difference.  Amen.


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