Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/15/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Kalaba Kapundu
Grand Island Trinity UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Kelly Karges
Grand Island Trinity UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Geoff Iringo
Grand Island Trinity UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Buck Linton-Hendrick
Giltner: First UMC
Harvard First UMC
Trumbull UMC
Prairie Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 12:23-26 

Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

Today's Devotional

In the fourth week of Lent, we continue our weekly Lectio Divina spiritual practice. Today’s passage Jesus speaks to us anew. Pause before entering into Lectio Divina, a divine, sacred reading or intentional sacred listening.
 
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 reread the above 3 verses in this way of sacred reading. For the full lectionary reading is, go to John 12:20-33.
 
  • Lectio means “to read.” Read today’s text aloud slowly two or three 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. 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 -- Breath Prayer Choose a word or brief phrase to repeat in one breath. If it is a phrase, say one part as you inhale and the rest as you exhale. You can say breath prayers out loud, in a whisper, or silently. Breath prayers are wonderful as a calming, meditative practice. See the prayer practice page in Prayer Practices in Lent in a Box that you can cut out and use.
 
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