Great Plains Daily Devotional for 2/20/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Glen Shoup
Executive Director of Programming
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Yolanda Byers
Guest Connections & Communications Director
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Jason Gant
Olathe West Campus Pastor
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Steve Langhofer
Pastor of Caring Ministries
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Mark 1:9-15

About that time, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. While he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw heaven splitting open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him. And there was a voice from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness.” At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among the wild animals, and the angels took care of him. After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!”

Today's Devotional

As we prepare ourselves for Easter, we will once a week in Lent we will share in a Lectio Divina spiritual practice. 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 aloud slowly 2 or 3 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.

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Prayer for Reflection

 O God, as we continue in this season of Lent, help us live out your word to us and what you have spoken to us in this ancient way of reading your word.  Amen.


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