Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/1/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Chelsea Shrack
Kansas State University Campus Ministry
Flint Hills District
Diane Euler
Admire UMC
Allen, KS UMC
Miller, KS UMC
Flint Hills District
Kyle Scheideman
Alma, KS UMC
Paxico McFarland UMC
Flint Hills District
Daneale White
Alta Vista: Simpson UMC
Dwight UMC
Flint Hills District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 2:13-22

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, "Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!" His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your house will consume me." The Jews then said to him, "What sign can you show us for doing this?" Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

The Jews then said, "This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?" But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
 
 

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.
-Congregational Excellence Team

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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