Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/11/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Greg Reed
Aurora UMC
Bradshaw UMC
Phillips UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Pat Norris
Beaver Crossing UMC
Utica, NE UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Dan Albers
Bladen UMC
Blue Hill UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Dale Coates
Brainard UMC
Rising City UMC
Prairie Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 12:35-36

Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”

After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.

Today's Devotional

It is a spring ritual for the next-door neighbor and my spouse to wait for the backyard neighbor to cut the maiden grass from the previous season. It isn’t a secret. The backyard neighbor knows within hours the grass will be cut and bagged in our yards. We view the back yard neighbor as an expert and you would, also, if you saw his lawn.

This year it coincides with the time change. Where we “feel” like we are getting longer days when we have just changed the clocks and plead with our bodies to understand. It will be adding an hour of daylight to the evening, but it doesn’t change the time the sun is shining for us. But a fun fact is that each day in March we get an additional 3 minutes of sun light due to the changing rotation of earth.

During our year of pandemic life, we have each experienced light and darkness. The light of sharing our prayer requests, joy in seeing family via digital images on screens, technology which allowed editing together to worship even when people are not gathered in the same space.

The darkness has been felt as families scrambled to cover educational needs, as jobs evaporated when the hospitality industry shut down, the fear of will this ever end. The darkness of depression and isolation when social gatherings gave way to distance, masks and staying home. The anger when long planned life milestones were postponed. When the virus claimed the lives of those we love.

Even when a voice from heaven proclaims the ministry of Jesus, the people hearing could not comprehend. Jesus is explaining things are getting ready to change and each person needs to be prepared for what happens next.

Each of us has an additional three minutes a day of more light than the day before. How will you use it? What is it that you can do in three minutes to glorify God? What light will you bring because of your faith as a follower of Jesus?
 
 - Rev. Jo Mead
University United Methodist Church
Wichita, Kansas

Prayer for Reflection

Most gracious God, help us to know that we have something to give toward the well being of the world. Give us courage to make the call, compose the text, accept the vaccine, or pray for the world. You continue to call to us to love our neighbors and to care for the least and the lost. Give us the courage to share abundantly of our resources to help locally and across the globe. Help us to see the light of Love that comes among us today and always. Amen.

 

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