Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/9/2021

Today please be in prayer for

David Siler
Neal UMC
Virgil UMC
Flint Hills District
Mitch Todd
Wamego: First UMC
Flint Hills District
Troy Bowers
Blue Rapids UMC
Waterville: First UMC
Flint Hills District
Tania Montero
Olsburg UMC
Westmoreland UMC
Flint Hills District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 3:14-21

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so must the Human One be lifted up so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.  God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him.  Whoever believes in him isn’t judged; whoever doesn’t believe in him is already judged, because they don’t believe in the name of God’s only Son.

 “This is the basis for judgment: The light came into the world, and people loved darkness more than the light, for their actions are evil.  All who do wicked things hate the light and don’t come to the light for fear that their actions will be exposed to the light. Whoever does the truth comes to the light so that it can be seen that their actions were done in God.”

Today's Devotional

We are in the 3rd week of Lent and share in a weekly Lectio Divina spiritual practice. Today’s passage Jesus speaks, and it contains a familiar verse for believers and non-believers. As you read today, see how God speaks to you today. Take a breath before entering into Lectio Divina, a 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. 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. May you hear a word from the Lord today as you read this Scripture anew.
 
  • 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.
 
Activity- Nature Prayer Walk. We are halfway through the season of Lent. We started Lent in the bitter cold and slowly see the awakening of new life around us by Easter. Today or sometime this week take a Nature Prayer Walk to see signs of life. As you begin your walk, say a prayer. Ask God to show you the unique and ordinary in creation. Pray As You Go - Walk together, when you come to something that catches your eye, say a prayer. It could be as simple as “Thank you God for this…” or “Thank you God for this ___ because it reminds me of ___

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