Great Plains Daily Devotional for 1/21/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Lebanon UMC
Rose Valley UMC
Hays District
Lenora United Parish UMC
Hays District
Logan UMC
Long Island UMC
Hays District
Amherst, KS UMC
Lucas UMC
Luray UMC
Hays District

Today's Lectionary Text

1 Corinthians 10: 23-24

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

Today's Devotional

I have a wishbone that sits on my windowsill. Do you remember breaking a wishbone? It was usually at Thanksgiving and came out of the Thanksgiving turkey. If you held the larger piece, it was supposed to bring you a wish.  I am the youngest child in the family and the wishbone never broke my way when I shared it with my siblings, but always when my mother held the other end. Why would that be? If you look closely at a wishbone, one side is usually a little bit thicker than the other. The person holding the thicker side would better their chances of being the “winner” of the wishbone wish.  My older siblings knew this. They also knew that the person who pulls the hardest usually ends up with the short piece. My mother also knew this, but she used the wishbone differently. She set it up for ME to win.

The wishbone on my windowsill is there to remind me that God’s way is for the stronger to set the stage for and help the weaker to be successful. It is also a reminder to be the one who holds steady and not be the one who pulls things to a breaking point. My prayer for you this year is to be strong in your faith, strengthen those who are weak, and be one who works to unite rather than pull apart.
-Mary L. Brooks
Five Rivers Lay Leader; Lay Servant Director

Prayer for Reflection

Mighty and powerful God, keep me humble and remind me to be kind and helpful to those who are weak, as you are kind and helpful to me. Help me be a supporter and encourager rather than an exploiter and divider. In Jesus name. Amen.


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