Great Plains Daily Devotional for 7/9/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Nancy Tomlinson
District Superintendent
Blue River District
Elkhorn Valley District
Stacey Stratton
Administrative Assistant
Blue River District
Jeff Mildren
Bryan Medical Center
Blue River District
Eduardo Bousson
NE Wesleyan Campus Ministry
Blue River District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 11:35

Jesus wept.

Today's Devotional

It’s well known that the shortest Bible verse (in several versions), “Jesus wept,” is found in John 11:35.  But I want to know when Jesus laughed.

My family copes in almost every situation with humor. Sarcasm, gag gifts and parody songs are just a few tools in our arsenal when it comes to dealing with anything that’s thrown at us. So, it should be no surprise that in the last year I’ve found the two things in the photo above helpful. 

My coffee mug of an eye-rolling Jesus spoke to me when I saw it and I just had to have it. Often, we see scripture taken out of context or words or phrases attributed to the Bible that aren’t anywhere in the text. It’s a lighthearted way of reminding me to go back to the word of God if I’m in doubt. Dancing Jesus just makes me laugh. The conga line of disciples that comes with it is a plus but the booklet with dancing instructions is priceless. From the Water Walk to the Cheek Turn even attempting these dances will send you into fits of laughter. I know, we tried it here at the office one afternoon.

I have to imagine that Jesus wasn’t serious all the time. Surely the disciples had inside jokes and teased each other often. Yes, young Jesus had serious discussions in the temple but surely he laughed with his family and friends growing up.

One of my favorite images is “Jesus Knocking at The Door” (that picture I think was given to every Methodist church with their charter) that someone has put a trick-or-treat pumpkin in his other hand. Google it. It makes me laugh every time I see it at Halloween.

It comforts me to think of Jesus of not just fully God but fully Man as well. We often hear we need to be more like Jesus and think of the perfection we are supposed to achieve, but I like the Jesus who was fully human. A child who probably got in trouble with his mom, a teenager who rolled his eyes at his earthly parents, an adult who relaxed with friends, had inside jokes with the disciples and hopefully was quick to laughter and smiled at those around him.
I’m on the hunt for a great Jesus bobblehead to go in my collection. Not a serious Jesus, but one with a great grin on his face. That’s my savior.
-Lisa Soukup
Communications administrative assistant
lsoukup@greatplainsumc.org

Prayer for Reflection

Holy and ever living God, thank you for the gift of laughter. It makes the hard times bearable and the good times memorable. Help us to remember to pause for joy and make room in our hearts for new ways to see your goodness in this world.
 

 

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