Great Plains Daily Devotional for 2/6/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Alan Gager
Burrton UMC
Pleasant Grove UMC
Hutchinson District
Warren Hett
Roxbury United Parish
Hutchinson District
Claire Gager
South Hutchinson UMC
Hutchinson District
Kim Andrews
Antrim UMC
St. John: First UMC
Stafford: First UMC
Hutchinson District

Today's Lectionary Text

Philippians 1:12-14

Brothers and sisters, I want you to know that all that has happened to me has helped to spread the Good News. All the Roman guards and all the others here know that I am in prison for serving Christ. My being in prison has caused most of the believers to put their trust in the Lord and to show more courage in telling people God’s message.

Today's Devotional

For nearly a full year now, we have been living with the reality of COVID-19. The pandemic has made us change our routines in countless ways. Pastors, teachers, judges, attorneys and businesspersons have by necessity learned more about virtual meetings and distance communication than they ever cared to learn. Even grandparents have learned how to Facetime chat and Zoom. Technology has been that double-edged sword that is necessary for success but is also somewhat painful. Painful or not, the routines of our daily lives have drastically changed.

The early disciples also had to completely change their routines. They left their jobs and homes and traveled throughout the known world to spread a radically different message of salvation. They were not well received. They were beaten, stoned, and imprisoned. But they rejoiced to be sharing in the suffering of Christ. They didn’t hesitate. They didn’t turn aside from their calling. They didn’t give up.

Paul wrote most of his contributions to the New Testament while he was imprisoned. In his letter to the Philippians, he says all that has happened to him has helped him spread the Good News. Sometimes it may feel as if we are locked in a prison with no bars. We are restricted by a virus from many of the activities we formerly enjoyed. But consider the knowledge we have gained. I have not been able to visit my relatives in other states for a year. But I have seen their faces as we visited. As a pastor, I have not been able to do many of the activities that I formerly enjoyed within the walls of the church building. We have had few in-person meetings. We have had no meals, no handshakes before and after services, no hugs, and no choir. But I have been able to worship on line with friends and new faces from hundreds and even thousands of miles away.

Christians are still called to share the news of God’s mercy and love. Covid is a poor excuse to withhold that information. Write a note. Make a phone call. Zoom or Facetime. Find a way to share the love and forgiveness showered on us all.
-Pastor Dorothy Smith
Humboldt and Table Rock UMC's

dlsmith@greatplainsumc.org

Prayer for Reflection

Ever-present God, forgive me when I say, “I can’t”. Remind me that with your Holy Spirit, we can. Remind me that your Spirit cannot be contained or restricted. May your holy name be praised by voice, by ink on paper, and on broadband. In Jesus’ name, Amen
 

 

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