Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/28/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Hutchinson Faith UMC
Nickerson UMC
Hutchinson District
Peabody UMC
Hutchinson District
Murdock KS UMC
Pretty Prairie UMC
Hutchinson District
Roxbury United Parish
Hutchinson District

Today's Lectionary Text

Romans 12:9-13

Love should be shown without pretending. Hate evil, and hold on to what is good. Love each other like the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other. Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic—be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord! Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer. Contribute to the needs of God’s people, and welcome strangers into your home.

Today's Devotional

Over the past week we have watched news footage of thousands of Americans and Afghanis being crammed into US military transport planes as they are being airlifted to safety after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. No doubt there will be many discussions and arguments for years to come regarding how things might have been done differently or better.

But as I have watched news coverage and seen images of those Afghanis sitting on the cargo floors of air transports, what has struck me most is that here are people fleeing all that they have known for an unknown future, out of fear for them very lives. Whether they end up here in America or in other countries around the world, they will find themselves strangers, far from home. An exiled people.

What welcome will they receive? Most of these folks, undoubtedly, are Muslim. People who too often are viewed with suspicion by Americans, especially in places where there is little diversity in our populations. For those of us who believe that God loves ALL of God’s children there is only one response we are called to give. That response is found in the verses from Romans, chapter 12, quoted above.

Love. Love without pretense. Love and honor each other. Contribute to the needs of God’s people. Welcome the strangers in our midst. It’s not about politics or who should have done what when. It’s about loving God and loving God’s people as Jesus taught us to do.

--Rev. Robbie Fall, retired elder

Prayer for Reflection

Help us to remember, O God, the depth of your love for all your people and make us mindful of those in our midst who are strangers in need of welcome, honor, and love. Amen.


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