Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/9/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Elizabeth McEachern Evans
Lawrence: Central UMC
Five Rivers District
Jeni Anderson
Lawrence: First UMC
Five Rivers District
Kay Scarbrough
Lawrence: First UMC
Five Rivers District
Susan Mercer
Lawrence: First UMC

Today's Lectionary Text

2 Corinthians 4:16-5:1

So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Today's Devotional

I’ve always considered myself an optimistic type. If I had to pick a theme song it would be “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” maybe the first two verses … or possibly “Cockeyed Optimist” from “South Pacific.”

The verses in these songs and the scripture remind me of one of the more prolific phrases from my mother and grandmother, “Keep your chin up.” My interpretation of this over the last few years is to tell myself it’s only temporary.

Temporary may be today, this week, six months or it could be more. It’s only temporary has carried me through incredible work stress, more than a few public and private child tantrums, medical procedures, and dozens of other scenarios.

During these stressful situations time slows and it feels like forever while the event is occurring. In reality these are small moments in time and if we have a few days where survival is the best we can do, we should really count ourselves as blessed. 

As a self-professed optimist my fallback is hope. In eternity we have a place to look forward to, prepared by a God who loves us and a guide, mentor, friend in Jesus who paved the way and invites us in.
What does your brightest side of life look like?

It’s hard to truly see past the obstacles in our path, but we have hope! We have tools like scripture and prayer, faith heroes and mentors, churches and communities we can rely on.

I want you to remember whatever you are going through today, whatever is consuming you, taking all your time and energy, it is temporary. 

As a self-professed optimist, I’m always going to recommend hope. I can’t get it out of my heart.

And if all else fails maybe you just need a nice shrubbery.
-Lisa Soukup
communications administrative assistant

Prayer for Reflection

Loving God, while we await eternity spent with you help us to remember these earthly trials and struggles are only temporary. Help us to seek you in these moments and draw closer to you. Lead us to see the bright side of life, keeping hope in our hearts and renewing our inner nature preparing us for the promised glory beyond measure.


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