Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/14/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Amherst, KS UMC
Lucas UMC
Luray UMC
Hays District
Natoma UMC
Pleasant Plains UMC
Hays District
Bazine UMC
Ness City UMC
Hays District
Norton: First UMC
Hays District

Today's Lectionary Text

1 Kings 2:1-4

When David’s time to die drew near, he charged his son Solomon, saying: “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, be courageous, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn. Then the Lord will establish his word that he spoke concerning me: 'If your heirs take heed to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail you a successor on the throne of Israel.'"

Today's Devotional

This week I received results from the Readiness 360 survey that both of my churches, Mitchell Chapel and Little River First UMCs, completed through the month of July.  When both leadership teams decided to start this process, we looked at it as an opportunity to help our church move forward, especially as we continue to deal with issues that are associated with the pandemic. Just imagine receiving around 30 pages of information regarding five key areas of your church, including Spiritual Intensity, Dynamic Relationships, Missional Alignment, and Cultural Openness. My head is spinning.  But then I receive a reminder for my GP devotional for this week, and I start to look at scripture and what God is placing on my heart. 
David is preparing his son Soloman for the leadership transition that is about to take place for the nation of Israel. David takes time to remind his son to follow the faith, to listen to God, to live with the laws of Moses through the practices God has established a covenant with David and his family, and through faithfulness God’s love and power will be revealed. This made me pause and think about those three reports for each church and, yes, much of it is the same information just presented in different ways.
The full report has a breakdown of the whole survey question by question and tips for moving forward.  Yes, the information is overwhelming. But what I find special about this process is, first, the opportunity to hear from the congregations and, second, the opportunity to walk with a coach over the next year to help the churches adapt and to connect with community.
David is preparing his son to do the same thing for Israel. These words can touch our hearts as we continue to navigate these challenging times. God calls us to walk in faithfulness and to hold tight to our faith. Maybe you need a reminder to attempt to start or restart a spiritual practice. It is never too late, and through our faith in Jesus we are reminded to adapt and continue on as we live our faith in the world.
— Rev. Jeff Goetzinger
Mitchell Chapel and Little River First UMCs

Prayer for Reflection

Redeeming God, we look to you for continued guidance as we struggle with all that is happening in our world. May your peace come down and unite all of us in faith to remember the love that Jesus brought into the world. Guide us into healthy and life-giving conversations with all people. In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen


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