Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/23/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Emporia: First UMC
Flint Hills District
Emporia: Grace UMC
Flint Hills District
Eureka: First UMC
Hamilton UMC
Flint Hills District
Fancy Creek Zion UMC
Keats Riley UMC
Leonardville UMC
Randolph, KS UMC
Swede Creek UMC
Flint Hills District

Today's Lectionary Text

Exodus 16:12

“I’ve heard the complaints of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat. And in the morning you will have your fill of bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”

Today's Devotional

The other day, I called a friend & co-worker on the way home from work after a long day. It was about 9:30 at night, my two sons, 7 & 4 were in the backseat of my car, we were way past bedtime.

And on the way home, the highway was under construction, down to one-lane and traffic was at an absolute stand still. But that wasn’t even our biggest problem. You see, earlier that day my low gas light had turned on in my car. Much earlier…. About 15 miles earlier. (I always push the button on my odometer when that light comes on, that way I know how exactly how many more miles I can drive.)
On this particular night, I may have pushed it a little too far. And little did I know there would be a traffic jam. I began to wonder; how much gas is used up when you are sitting idle on the highway. I began to wonder if I remembered accurately how many miles I can go after the light comes on. I began to wonder, why aren’t there little filling stations on the side of the highway.

Do any of you have an empty gas tank today?

I know you’re wondering. And no, I didn’t run out of gas that night. But I was absolutely running on fumes. Many of us find ourselves in that place today. We find ourselves metaphorically at the end of a long workday, in a traffic jam on the highway with two small children ready for bed, and no gas in the tank.

And when we are in these moments what we do is we call out for help. That’s what I did when I was on the phone with my friend Wendy. I said, will you come pick me up if I run out of gas? Will you rescue me? It was a moment of humility. A moment of need. And she said, of course. I’d bring you gas anywhere! And when I heard her response, I heard the echo of God. Because we cry out to a God who not only hears us, a God who not only longs for us to call out, but then responds with grace and mercy. Of course, child. I’ve got you.

That’s what the Israelites did when they were journeying through the great unknown after their liberation from slavery in Egypt. They cried out to God and said, “we want meat and bread!” Can you see, their tank was empty? They needed filling up. And The Lord’s response was nothing but provision and abundance. “I’ve heard the complaints of the Israelites… ‘At twilight you will eat meat. And in the morning, you will have your fill of bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”

And so, day in and day out, God filled them up. God faithfully sent exactly what they needed right when they needed it. Not once, but the scripture says they ate Manna for forty years, God provided mercies new each morning, tried and true, time and time again. And we can trust God for the same.
-Rev. Anne Williams
Church of the Resurrection Downtown location pastor

Prayer for Reflection

Because when God pours into us it is with Living Water, that we might never thirst again. He knows the tasks before you. He has called you to your role. And he will provide for your every need. Mercies new each morning.

He is a rescuer. He is our salvation. Our daily bread.


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