Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/29/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Randy Whitley
Huscher UMC
Jamestown: First UMC
Salina District
Jim Rice
Jewell Trinity UMC
Mankato Harmony UMC
Salina District
Kaye Metzler
Beverly UMC
Lincoln, KS UMC
Salina District
Dallas Peterson
Lindsborg Trinity UMC
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 29

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,[a]
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
    worship the Lord in holy splendor.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord, over mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
    and Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
    the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,[b]
    and strips the forest bare;
    and in his temple all say, “Glory!”

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
    the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
May the Lord give strength to his people!
    May the Lord bless his people with peace!

Today's Devotional

Here in Nebraska, we have been having some rainy weather. It has not been the cool rain, but the sticky, humid rain, where you know the storm is coming, so you sit in front of a fan trying to cool down. Then there is the thunder and lightning, the light rain, then out of nowhere a pouring rain which leaves the ground drenched.
 
Storms are a wonderful and beautiful thing. However there is also the reality of the damage they might cause: the flooded basements, hail damage, trees lying in the streets. They harm our possessions, as well as creation.
 
And so, for myself, it is hard to imagine a joyful celebration in a God who can break cedars, flash forth flames, or bring down a flood. My image of God is not one of destruction, harm, or even wrath. My God is one of restoration, care and grace.
 
Yet, I hear the psalmist not showing God will send things to harm, but God is powerful. God is mighty. And God can do wonderful things. God has so much power, that we must be willing to trust God is powerful enough to bring down trees. But God is also powerful enough to create the mountains and seas. To bless and strengthen us: God’s children.
 
And so, I think this is an invitation to never lose sight of God’s power. To never lose hope and to remember God can do wonderous things, far beyond what we can imagine. May we find ways to recognize God’s power in each day of our life.
 
-Maddi Baugous
Pastoral Intern
First United Methodist Omaha

maddi.baugous@fumcomaha.org 

 

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