Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/8/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Diana Chapel
Ogden Friendship House UMC
Flint Hills District
Libby Oberdorf
Osage City UMC
Reading UMC
Flint Hills District
Kevin Lawrence
Piedmont UMC
Flint Hills District
Marilyn Christmore
Saffordville UMC
Flint Hills District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
    those he redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.

Some were sick through their sinful ways,
    and because of their iniquities endured affliction;
they loathed any kind of food,
    and they drew near to the gates of death.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress;
he sent out his word and healed them,
    and delivered them from destruction.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wonderful works to humankind.
And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
    and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

Today's Devotional

God is so amazing! Wow! The Psalmist in this reading notes that God is good, steadfast, faithful. The verses tell how God saved wrong doers who were in distress, healing and delivering them. It invites listeners to tell of all God’s wonderful acts, to offer songs of joy, to sing it out. These verses describe, as well as any human words can, what a great God the creator is.
 
While lounging on the sofa, mulling over these words, in my daughter’s quiet house, I read the large wall hanging decorating the mantel with the familiar words from “How Can I Keep From Singing": “No storm can shake my inward calm/while to that Rock I’m clinging/Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth/How can I keep from singing?” God, the inexplicable Mystery, is so great, I must sing. He rescues, heals, and accompanies. God is so good.
 
Then, there are the familiar words of John 3:16. Humankind was still not getting it, but God kept loving. He considered each person so precious that he went even further. Not demanding acknowledgment and praise, God offered his own only son to humankind. This was a further demonstration of faithful love.
Such steadfast love appeared over and over through the life of Jesus. Living in empathy with human need, Jesus offered food to the hungry. To whom and where can we extend physical nourishment this day?
 
Jesus healed those with physical affliction and those whose hearts were in pain. He offered wholeness for body and soul. How can we, during 2021, foster health in others in body and in spirit? Where do each of us need to push or pull so more and more people can receive the gift of a healthy life? Jesus was aware of the power of touch. He healed the blind, sometimes placing His hands on unseeing eyes or crippled limbs. Those eyes or arms or legs became conduits, allowing God’s amazing love to flow into the existence of hurting, lonely people in need of someone to walk alongside. During this time when we still refrain from touching those outside our inner circle, it is possible to touch someone in ways other than physical. What are some of those ways that would work for you? Try one today.
 
God sent his son in part to give people a model, to show them ways to offer caring actions. As we move through our lives today, encountering our own rough times and challenging days, days when we feel abandoned, or confused, or befuddled, it helps to think back to the Source, that wonderful, faithful God.
 
God expected and continues to expect today that persons will act in ways that bring all creation closer to him. To help this happen we must tell of Jesus’ mighty acts, of God’s amazing deeds and unlimited love. Sing them out! Sing for joy! “How can [we] keep from singing?”
-Rev. Dianne Tombaugh
Retired Deacon

Prayer for Reflection

Wonderful Maker, you are faithful and steadfast. You know our hearts yet you continue to love us. Thank you. I sing praises to you. Amen.
 
 

 

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