Great Plains Daily Devotional for 2/9/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Todd Maberry
Director of Admissions
Duke Divinity School
Kansas City District
Susanna Southard
Phillips Theological Seminary
Kansas City District
Hannah Ebling-Artz
Kansas City Community Gardens
Kansas City District
Sylvia Romero
Executive Director
Center of Grace
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Hebrews 12: 1-3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Today's Devotional

I recently watched the “going home” service of Henry “Hank” Aaron. One of the speakers used imagery of a baseball stadium. He described Hank Aaron as leaving the field of play, where we run the race that is set before us, and moving into the stands -- becoming part of that great cloud of witnesses.

I loved that imagery. As a baseball and football fan, I have often sat in the stadium cheering on my favorite team. Not surprising, “Field of Dreams” is one of my favorite movies. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if heaven is the opportunity to experience those dreams that we had to let go of in this life on earth?

These past few weeks, several personal saints have made the transition from running the race on the field of play to cheering us on from the stands of heaven. I find encouragement in thinking that they are there, looking on and cheering -- no longer trapped in bodies that could no longer sustain their spirits; Sitting in the stands with friends and family that made the journey before them.

I hope that, when my time comes to move from the field to the stands, I can do it with as much grace and dignity as I have witnessed these past few weeks. And be assured, I will be cheering for all of you who are still running your race.
-Mary Brooks
District Lay Leader & LSM Director for Five Rivers

Prayer for Reflection

God of the universe, heaven and earth, we hold fast the promise Jesus gave his disciples that he prepares a place for those who follow him. Help us honor the memory of those who have fought the fight and won the prize -- eternal life with you. We look forward to a reunion with you and those we love. In Jesus name. Amen.


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