Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/12/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Tod Anthony
Leoti UMC
Dodge City District
Brad Bennett
Liberal First UMC
Dodge City District
Jose Torres
Liberal: Rosa de Saron
Dodge City District
Sketer Makena Riungu
Meade UMC
Dodge City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Genesis 1:26-28

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Today's Devotional

I read this verse and the first thing I thought of is that the writer did not have a cat. 

We had dogs around as kids, the occasional outdoor or barn cat but never an inside cat. 

The picture above is of our rescue Maggie.  Maggie is a little over a year old and our first female cat.  It has been an all-boys club up until this point.  The selection process until Maggie began the same, I go out and find a male kitten, bring it home and it will forever be my husband’s cat.  That’s just the way it’s been.

Miss Maggie is different.  She’s prefers me.  It’s both unfamiliar and more than a little unsettling. 

But not for a moment do I believe I have dominion over her or any other pet I’ve owned.  In Maggie’s case I don’t believe cats have forgotten through the ages that they were worshipped in ancient Egypt and today they still feel the need to remind us of it daily of their superiority. 

Then I start to think about other domestic animals.  A rider supposedly has dominion over the horse, a master over a dog, a rancher over their cattle but as we know really any animal can become dangerous. 
There must be a mutual respect for a successful relationship to occur.  Animals are very good at sensing a person’s apprehension, ill intent, or if they just want to be friends.  Animals that are abused have only seen the worst of people, so when they receive kindness, they don’t know what to do with it, they’ve never experienced that before.
 
Huh…. that kind of sounds like it could apply to people too.  From bullies on the playground, to leaders in the world we see how power structures are built, how they are abused, manipulated and higher rungs are sought through stepping on other people, and other nefarious means. 

I don’t think that’s what God had in mind in the beginning.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t presume to know what God had in mind, but a dog eat dog, only the strong survive population I’m confident wasn’t on the list.  Sharing what we have, sharing out abundance to lift others out of poverty and taking care of each other, those seem more like what Jesus came to tell us.  A mutual respect for each other.

I don’t know Maggie’s story before we met her at the shelter.  She had a different name, and I assume a sad story.  Maybe she was lost, maybe she was always on her own but now she has a family.  Now she has a person.  I only hope I can live up to be the person she thinks I am.
 
-Lisa Soukup
Communications Administrative Assistant

lsoukup@greatplainsumc.org

Prayer for Reflection

O Holy One, help us to see each other through your eyes.  Help us to pour out grace so freely give to us to those around us.  Help us see beyond the illusions of power this world shows us and to tap into the true power of being one of your children.
 

 

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