Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/18/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Prairie Home, KS UMC
WaKeeney: First UMC
Hays District
Grinnell UMC
Winona: First UMC
Hays District
District Superintendent
Hutchinson District
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 36: 5-10

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
    your judgments are like the great deep;
    you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
    and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.
O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
    and your salvation to the upright of heart!

Today's Devotional

I personally love reading from early Christian mystics because there is such vividness in their metaphors to describe the Divine. Often the language can be hard to understand since it is passed down from various translations, yet these authors always speak to me in unique and diverse ways. One of my most beloved mystic is Saint Teresa of Avila. (I love her writings so much I have an art piece of her in my apartment.) In St. Teresa’s “The Interior Castle,” she writes of a fountain in which the water which springs forth is powered by God. It is God who causes the water to spring out and be shared with all. St. Teresa uses much more beautiful language to describe this, but her understanding seems to reflect that which the psalmist writes of “you let them drink from your river of pure joy. Within you is the spring of life.” Images of geysers and majestic fountains come to mind, springing forth this living water. Both Teresa and the psalmist have such appreciation for the Divine.
 
There is a great sense of joy and excitement that God is so loving to all and there is this never-ceasing fountain of love and compassion. And it makes me wonder, what if we responded to God’s living water with the same excitement and celebration, where we must share this steadfast love with all people? It can be hard to always show unconditional love to others, but what if we truly did that? What if we showed our love of God by ensuring the message of God’s grace was shared with all? What if we were unafraid to share it? For we know God is the source of all goodness and there is always enough love to go around. May we hear the challenge in God’s living waters to share with all and know God is the source of all goodness.
 
 
-Maddi Baugous
Pastoral Intern
First United Methodist Omaha

maddi.baugous@fumcomaha.org​​

Prayer for Reflection

Living Water, may we never forget you are the source of all life and love. May we live out your love with pure joy and delight in you. Together we pray. Amen.
 

 

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