Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/26/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Marquette UMC
Hutchinson District
McPherson: First UMC
Hutchinson District
McPherson: First UMC
Hutchinson District
Moundridge UMC
Hutchinson District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 104:33-34 

As long as I live,
    I will sing and praise you,
    the Lord God.
I hope my thoughts
    will please you,
    because you are the one
    who makes me glad.

Today's Devotional

Is there anyone among us who is not searching for gold? Colorado gold? Those perfectly shaped, deliciously juicy, amazing, flavorful fruits of the Western slope? I mean Palisade peaches, of course!

I may get a little carried away with my admiration for Colorado peaches, but I will never be tired of eating them. (I hope you like them, too.) I can remember going with my family to a little mom-and-pop grocery in Kearney, Nebraska, in the 1960s, then returning home with bushel baskets of fruit that would be canned, frozen, or baked into pies.

All of this is to make your mouth water and want to bite into a delicious peach of the highest quality. And as you do, remember that God made that fruit. He designed the tree with its perfect shape and size; he designed the fruit to develop from a spring flower at just the right time for the fruit to develop and ripen so birds and animals — including humans — could use it for nutrition. God made the pollinators that give their help in the process from flower to fruit. And God made the Rocky Mountains with their Western slope and climate, a perfect place to grow peaches.

Hold on, you say. This is all too simplistic! And you are right. Man-made irrigation projects were needed to provide the amount of water these peaches were going to require. And humans planted those peach trees—did you know it took about a hundred years for the orchard growers to get it right so that by the time I was about 10 years old my family could enjoy those bushels of peaches?

When humans work in sync with God, good things happen. The soil, water, and sunlight; the hands and even the ingenuity — all of these are of God.

Today is a day to celebrate! Read all of Psalm 104 and praise the Lord today. Hold a palm-sized Colorado peach in your hand and feel the weight of it. Smell the goodness of its aroma. Then bite into it and let the juice dribble down your chin — all the while saying “Thank you, God. I praise You for your goodness and provision.”


--Ardith Davenport, lay servant

*Devotion originally published 8/27/2019


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