Great Plains Daily Devotional for 2/15/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Susan Stauch
Kansas City: Wesley UMC
Kansas City District
Kim Dominic
Kansas City: Wyandotte UMC
Kansas City District
Bailey Amtower
Easton UMC
Lansing: Crossroads UMC
Kansas City District
Dave York
Leavenworth: First UMC
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 

Today's Devotional

The church season of Lent goes from Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, until Saturday, April 3, 2021. We prepare for the season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, before Easter. Lent, with the Anglo-Saxon word lecten, means “Spring.” In these cold temperatures, we look forward to spring! As we prepare ourselves for Easter, we will once a week in Lent we will share in a Lectio Divina spiritual practice.
This step-by-step guide is for you to use personally as well as to use with your family, a small group or Sunday school class, people gathered at work or school, churches and/or networks to use. For a guide to use Lectio Divina every day in Lent go here.

Lectio Divina means divine, sacred reading or intentional sacred listening. It is a method of reading, praying, and meditating on the scriptures and allowing God to speak to us through them. It is not about analyzing or studying commentaries or historical context. Rather, the four-fold prayer form deepens our relationship with the sacred words in a way that we can hear God’s message for us today.
  • Lectio means “to read.” Read today’s text from Colossians 3:12 aloud slowly two or three times. Silently ask God to give you a verse, short phrase, or word for the day. Write the verse, short phrase, or word on a piece of paper.
  • Meditatio means "to meditate.” Meditate on the text. Write the verse, short phrase, or word for the day in the middle. Let it speak to you, listen for what God might say to you. While you are listening, you can draw. Doodle around the word and write in whatever you hear.
  • Oratio means “to speak or pray.” Talk to God in the more traditional way of prayer. Ask God questions like: What do you want me to hear and learn from this word, verse or phrase? Why is it important to me today?
  • Contemplatio means “to contemplate.” This is a time to release the verse, phrase, or word along with all of the thoughts and feelings that you have. Give up all activity of drawing, thinking, and writing and simply be still, comforted, and held by love. You may have a huge ah-ha during this time; or nothing may happen, and you may simply rest your body and mind for a few moments.
Put the verse to action: Write a letter of forgiveness to someone to need to forgive. If there is no one you need to forgive, yet someone who feel needs to forgive you, write a letter releasing them of the need to apologize. Take your letter(s), place it in a grill, fire pit, fireplace, or other safe place and light it. As you watch the paper burn, experience the refining fire of God forgiving you and pouring out new life within you. For more prayer practices this season, go here.
Prayer: O God, as we prepare the start of the season of 40 days, help us live out your word to us and what you have spoken to us in this ancient way of reading your word. Therefore, as your chosen ones, holy and loved, guide us to put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience today and each day. Amen.
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