Great Plains Daily Devotional for 1/22/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Janet Reynolds
Natoma UMC
Pleasant Plains UMC
Hays District
Deb Harvey
Bazine UMC
Ness City UMC
Hays District
Eve Mugambi
Norton: First UMC
Hays District
Dan Hutton
Oakley: First UMC
Hays District

Today's Lectionary Text

 Psalm 62:5-12

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.

Surely the lowborn are but a breath,
    the highborn are but a lie.
If weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
    together they are only a breath.
Do not trust in extortion
    or put vain hope in stolen goods;
though your riches increase,
    do not set your heart on them.

One thing God has spoken,
    two things I have heard:
“Power belongs to you, God,
    and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;
and, “You reward everyone
    according to what they have done.”

Today's Devotional

For the past few weeks, I confess, I have been without motivation. I didn’t even get Christmas cards out this year which for me is unacceptable. I have had all this extra time at home, and I expected to accomplish so much. Rooms to paint, cupboards to clean, closets to organize, floors to wax, woodwork to varnish, books to read, to speak nothing of my responsibility to Lay Servant Ministries.
 
But while sharing my guilt and shame with friends, I have discovered many other people are suffering from the same malady. I don’t know if it is the political climate, COVID-19, isolation, unresolved conflicts of my church, or a combination of many of these issues. Regardless of the cause, I am very disappointed in myself. The Joy of Advent has come and gone, and the New Year brings hope and so many blessings.
 
The Psalmist says it best: “God is my Rock and my Salvation in whom my soul finds rest.” It is time for an attitude change. With strength and compassion from the Lord, I choose to be Joyful. It is time to pray for my enemies, support justice in my neighborhood, share God’s love with those who will listen, and walk humbly with my Lord. “I choose to be Joyful” is my breath prayer for this year.
 
If you are struggling as I am, I hope you find peace, compassion and grace in your life as you look to the future. I decided to trust the Lord to lead me where I am best equipped to share His love with others. My breath prayer will remind me of the trust I have put in the Lord. “Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love.”
 
-Mary Feit
Lay Servant Ministries Director

marykfeit@windstream.net

Prayer for Reflection

Holy One, even in our darkest hour, your love remains steadfast and your power reins forever. We are so grateful. Guide us when we struggle to comprehend your power and trust in your plan. We pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
 

 

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