Great Plains Daily Devotional for 2/5/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Amos McCarthy
Newton First UMC
Walton UMC
Hutchinson District
Ron Kite
Newton Salem UMC
Hutchinson District
Donna Voteau
Newton Trinity Heights UMC
Hutchinson District
Nate Gift
Peabody UMC
Hutchinson District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 62:5-8

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
    for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
    my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us.Selah

Today's Devotional

My dependence on medications began last May when my cardiologist discovered that my heart’s electrical system was not functioning properly. I made an appointment with my cardiologist since I was having trouble getting enough breath when walking. That appointment led to the insertion of a pacemaker above my heart the next week after my appointment. I was prescribed three different medications that help keep my heart in good rhythm, and I have to take them twice a day. Therefore, I depend on the medication to keep my heart functioning properly so that I can be kept alive.
As I was thinking about my situation, I had to wonder, “Am I as dependent on God for living as I am dependent on my medication?” From our reading today from Psalm 62, David tells us that our salvation comes from God alone, and we can never be shaken with Him as our rock and fortress. Our hope comes from God, and our soul finds rest in Him alone.
In these scary times of the presence of the pandemic in which we are living, maybe we have become more dependent on God since we may feel that we are not in control. Many are uncertain as to where their next meal is coming from. Some no longer have jobs. Home situations have changed to which people have had to adapt. Priorities have changed. Hard decisions have had to be made.
Our world needs to depend on God in order to have peace in our hearts, May we, as followers of Jesus, be faithful to dependence on God so that we may be a light to those who are burdened.
-Linda Rector
Lay Servant
University UMC, Wichita

Prayer for Reflection

God of our salvation, thank you for the hope and peace you give us so that we can never be shaken. May we pass that hope and peace to those we meet.


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