Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/1/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Phil Sloat
Franklin First UMC
Macon UMC
Gateway District
Mike Evans
Gibbon Faith UMC
Gateway District
Grace Gichuru
Gothenburg First UMC
Gateway District
Nora Mendyk
Holdrege First UMC
Gateway District

Today's Lectionary Text

James 2:14-26

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder. Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith apart from works is barren? Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. Likewise, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another road? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.

Today's Devotional

The other day I was driving to see some people south of Eudora and I ran across something that really stuck out for me. Out in the middle of the Douglas and Franklin County line set a little country church called Clearfield United Methodist Church and low and behold there was a blessing box. This church sits out in the country and I would have never thought that I would see a Blessing Box but wonderful sight to see.

For those of you who may not know what Blessing Boxes are they are little outdoor food pantries that anyone can be blessed to contribute too and anyone can be blessed to take what they need. There are a lot of Blessing Boxes in Emporia including the one that we have at Grace United Methodist Church.

Back in February on that bitterly cold Valentines Day, I was on my way to get some bird feed and decided to drop by Grace and put some food in the box. When I got there, I saw some footprints in the snow and when I got to the box, to my astonishment I saw an empty Blessing Box. I hope that the people got there and were able to get something to eat, but in my mind, I thought how horrible it must have felt if they were hungry and there was no food. I went to the store and stocked the box with food that would not freeze like Instant Oatmeal and Shells and Cheese. I know that people are in constant need for food and we who are blessed need to keep those shelves stocked. Pretty much every time I go by that box, I try to put some Oatmeal in it. So if you ever need some Instant Oatmeal we have a place for you.

James tells us that “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed but does nothing about their physical need, what good is it?’ In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action is dead”.

That day God reminded me that I needed to put my faith into action and I know I was blessed to share my blessings with someone that I will never meet. I hope that they felt God’s Love and blessings that day.


-Ken Hanson
Emporia State University Faithlab

Prayer for Reflection

Dear Lord, I want to thank you for the blessings that you have given me. Thank you for all of those that spread your love whether it is through the many food pantries that are in our areas and may the people that use them feel the blessings and the touch of your love. And Lord maybe someday we will not have to worry about anyone going hungry.


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