Great Plains Daily Devotional for 2/26/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Lee Johnson
Prairie Village: Asbury UMC
Kansas City District
Gayla Rapp
Prairie Village: Asbury UMC
Kansas City District
Changsu Kim
Shawnee UMC
Kansas City District
Steven Blair
Shawnee: LifeBridge UMC
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Romans 9:36-38

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Today's Devotional

My husband and I have spent five of the last eight years caring for his mother in our house. During that time, we kept behavior calm because doing so made the tasks bearable. Before that we had cared for my mother in her home, then kept an eye on her while she lived in nursing homes near where we worked. During these years, our bodies began to fall apart and need repairs. We acted as if we needed to show that we could still do all we had done before and became cranky when our bodies disappointed. We were harassed and felt helpless. We needed blessings from God’s good harvest.
Then came a day in September 2019 when all the stress came to a head. We were camping, I decided to say nothing as he tried to get us set up all by himself. He had not asked for help at any time while he prepared for the trip, nor was he asking now. I feared the fallout if I opened my mouth. Things changed that day. We have been learning to appreciate and thank each other ever since. This year of sheltering in place during the pandemic has felt like a mountain top retreat with God. I’ve been blessed to feel his Holy presence. There has been time to practice treating my husband the way I want to be treated.
We have been blessed by the harvest of God’s goodness, and love. We are blessed with retirement income that is more than is needed to meet our daily needs. As we learn of increased need around us, we are able to donate more to our church and trusted charities. I pray that these gifts remind folks that God has not forgotten them or left them alone. Whether we worship virtually or in person, this is my prayer:
Here’s the story I’ll tell my friends when they come to worship,
  and punctuate it with Hallelujahs:
Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers;
  give glory, you sons of Jacob;
  adore him, you daughters of Israel.
He has never let you down,
  never looked the other way
  when you were being kicked around.
He has never wandered off to do his own thing;
  he has been right there, listening. . Psalm 22: 22-24 (The Message)
-Elly Biederman
Certified Lay Speaker
Plattsmouth, NE


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