Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/8/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Bill Nelson
Kincaid Selma UMC
Welda UMC
Five Rivers District
Velma Tim
LaCygne UMC
New Lancaster UMC
Five Rivers District
Ross Baker
Lawrence: Centenary UMC
Five Rivers District
Amy Seifert
Lawrence: Central UMC
Five Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 14:1

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.

Today's Devotional

Being troubled has taken on a life of its own in these pandemic times. It creates various intense emotions and disturbances. Mental preoccupations and confusion as well as a general sense of unsettledness. Everyone is living with being troubled in one way or another. It’s a new global normal! And we struggle with managing our “troubles” and our inner reactions to them like never before.
 
Our Judeao-Christian Biblical tradition often addresses human troubles, fears and anxieties with realism yet hope. A familiar verse of the Gospels addressing human difficulty records Jesus saying “let not your hearts be troubled.” Note he addresses our hearts not our minds. Troubles will always create stress and conflict in our thinking. It’s the way of things. But Jesus points to our hearts – the core of our being and the essence of who we are. He seems to be saying do not let your God given self, your identity, your spirit be “troubled” – Greek word “tapassestho” – which translated may mean don’t let the essence of who you are (your heart) be “stirred up, disturbed, unsettled or thrown into confusion.”
 
Jesus is appealing to our higher nature – our better angels if you will – to rise above being troubled - by being “trustful.” “Believe in God, believe in me” are the next words of the verse. Jesus says believe in me, believe beyond you, in times of overwhelming difficulties that a power of love and benevolence holds me, holds you, holds the world. Even now in this global COVID-19 pandemic. So, choose trust not troubles as your inner default. A trust that affirms who you are and who’s you are, that is a reality beyond any troubles and any experience of “being troubled.”
--Rev. Rick Saylor, retired clergy
Clergy and congregational coach
rsaylor@greatplainsumc.org

*devotion originally posted 6/4/2020

 

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