Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/15/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Oakley: First UMC
Hays District
Clayton UMC
Jennings UMC
Oberlin UMC
Hays District
Alton UMC
Osborne UMC
Hays District
Paradise UMC
Waldo UMC
Hays District

Today's Lectionary Text

Ephesians 5:15-20

 michael.turner@greatplainsumc.orgBe careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Today's Devotional

In Tim McGraw’s song “Live Like You Were Dying,” a doctor delivers news nobody wants to hear; the end of life may be coming soon. When asked by a friend he did when he received the news, the friend’s answer is:
I went skydiving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying.
Yours may or may not include bull riding, but most of us have a bucket list, things we want to do before we die. It may be new things we want to try, or places we want to go, or something we want to experience at least once in our life. We write the list, but then life seems to get in the way. Before we know it, we’re having that conversation we fear, sitting with a physician and talking about how much time we have left. But the reality is no matter our age or our health, the number of days we have on Earth is finite.
The author of Ephesians says to use time wisely and give thanks to God "at all times and for everything." Often it takes the stark reality of the end of our life to approach every day with a sense of gratitude. Being grateful daily does more than deepen our relationship with God. Research shows grateful people enjoy better physical and mental health, sleep better, and live longer.
Today is a gift from God, and there is always a reason to be grateful. We try to deny it, but we know life ends in death. As those who follow Christ, we also know death is not the end. So, there’s no reason to wait until the end of your life to live like you were dying.
—Rev. Michael Turner
Osage City and Reading UMCs
Live Like You Were Dying lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs, BMG Rights Management
Songwriters: Craig Michael Wiseman / James Timothy Nichols / Tim Nichols

Prayer for Reflection

Loving and gracious God, thank you for this day. Thank you for the opportunities we will have to live as your children, to bring light where there is darkness, and hope where there is despair. Help us to live today, and every day, with hearts full of gratitude. Amen.


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