Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/6/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Patrick Broz
Laurel UMC
Logan Center UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Claire Gager
Madison, NE Trinity UMC
Norfolk Westridge UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Bruce Phillips
Clearwater, NE UMC
Neligh UMC
Oakdale UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Terry Buol
Looking Glass UMC
Newman Grove UMC
Elkhorn Valley District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 6:35

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."

Today's Devotional

It was time for Eucharist, one of the highlights of the day for me every day of Academy #31, my two-year Academy for Spiritual Formation in San Antonio, Texas. Daily I looked forward to this. The bread there was fresh every other day, and warm each day, and the fragrant aroma wafted throughout the worship space, filling it, stuffing me. We would be served big chunks of bread. It filled my senses. I could smell it, touch it, taste it. It never failed to remind me that the Presence of Christ fills me, strengthens me, and empowers me. Today communion continues to bring me this kind of awareness of the Presence of Love incarnate in my life.

Jesus is the Bread of Life. His presence is perpetually available to each of us. When we feed on this Bread we are filled to overflowing, and the Presence of Jesus spills out into the world. This Presence provides the nourishment we need to work toward the world becoming the kin-dom of God.

How does this work? God’s love fills us in this way, but I don’t know exactly how. It does prepare us to serve. When we are filled with the Bread we gain clarity about ways to offer bread, or tins of tuna, or cans of tomato soup, jars of peanut butter, or cans of green beans or sliced peaches, to a family whose resources for the month are depleted.

Or, as we feast on the beauty of the Bread, in some way the Mystery of God works to attune us to the beauty of creation, the wonder of the world that stretches before us reminding us of the amazing actions God has taken and continues to perform in the world. God can make huge mountains that last for millenia or tiny bees that flit from flower to flower, pollinating and recreating beauty.

This amazing God, who performs great acts and makes tiny creatures, surely can ameliorate some of the injustice inflicted by huge, complicated systems in a hurting world that fails to provide for so many folk. On the other hand, this wonderful God does big works through tiny actions, many coming through our individual hands and lives. Maybe we are able to hold a sign to encourage voter registration and direct folks to appropriate locations. Another possibility might be to water the flower beds of an ailing neighbor. Wearing masks in situations that might threaten viruses and germs being spread to others could be an important witness about the love of God.

We find ourselves stuffed with the Bread of Life. It stuffs us full with this goodness and love so that the Presence overflows from us. The Presence enters the world. We participate in big actions, or offer small ones. In some way as the Presence fills us we are empowered to chip away at the hurts of the world, and bring it closer to resembling the kin-dom of God. Let’s go out and work at that today.

Prayer for Reflection

Wonderful Mystery, nudge me to taste and see your Presence all around this day. Fill me to overflowing. Allow me to then spread that Presence out into the world. Amen.

 

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