Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/2/2021

Today please be in prayer for

De Merle Eckart
Culver UMC
Tescott UMC
Salina District
Daniel Norwood
Barnes UMC
Haddam UMC
Washington: First UMC
Salina District
Betty Bouray
Webber UMC
Salina District
Kris Brinlee
Hope UMC
Lyona UMC
Woodbine UMC
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

 1 Corinthians 2:1-10

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[b]
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—

these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

Today's Devotional

The cross — you encounter it as you enter almost every Christian sanctuary that you come to. What is this cross? The symbol of the suffering and death of Jesus, of course, but to Paul it represents something else. To Paul, the cross represents love.
Paul distinguishes between head knowledge and heart knowledge. It’s like when you fell in love with your spouse or your child. You may have had good and logical reasons for this relationship: good looking, speaks well, sense of humor, looks like me. But, in the end, it is the heart that rules. You may find that your love for these people is behind most of the decisions that you make.
So, too, with the love of Christ. Christ loves us. What else would have driven him to leave the garden where he could have rallied his supporters and escaped? Surely, he had seen people crucified. He knew what was going to happen. Yet this is the path that he chose. He thought of us rather than himself. That, my sisters and brothers, is the love God has for us.
God’s love is not our love. God’s love is far beyond what we can comprehend. We can experience this love when we celebrate Communion, but we can only understand part of it. It is, as St. Absalom says, greater than the greatest thing that we can imagine. This is the cross. Look upon it and see love.
-Rev. Don Noble
Retired clergy
Spring Hill. Tennessee

Prayer for Reflection

Help me, O Lord, to gaze upon the cross not in guilt but in love. Then help me to love as you love me. Amen



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