Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/24/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Fancy Creek Zion UMC
Keats Riley UMC
Leonardville UMC
Randolph, KS UMC
Swede Creek UMC
Flint Hills District
Axtell UMC
Beattie UMC
Frankfort UMC
Flint Hills District
Hartford UMC
Neosho Rapids: Memorial UMC
Flint Hills District
Harveyville UMC
Flint Hills District

Today's Lectionary Text


Luke 12:22-24

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!

Today's Devotional

Donating most of my wardrobe to Ogden Friendship House was exciting as most of my clothes no longer fit after my weight loss during the pandemic. In reflection, this donation echoes my life before and what I hope of my life will be after COVID. My donation has me contemplating living for now.

Worn out clothing , no longer of use to me nor anyone else, I threw out.   Tossing was done on trash day so that I couldn’t change my mind. Clothing that wore out years ago, but I just couldn’t let go – comfort clothes worn around the house – are now gone. As I thought about it, old habits– eating poorly, no exercise, not keeping in touch with others – need to be trashed. 

There were items with the store tags attached – too small to wear when purchased. I had hopes of one day fitting the garments, but that time passed.  Thinking about my life,  I try now to live daily, putting more thought into short-time goals instead of long-term dreaming.

Outfits that I could no longer wear to work made the bulk of my donation.  There were items that I wore to work all the time, not really liking the outfits -  only that fit, clean, and available were all I cared about. Giving them up was not easy because my daily routine of what to wear is altered. I now find getting dressed in the morning harder because I have nothing to grab and go. I am no longer in my comfort zone. I have to put thought into what will go together. Life after COVID has been the same. I don’t grab and go with food, texting instead of talking to others, and my job. I must put thought into what I am doing. I have to care.

Now, I am shedding those things in my life that do not fit.  Big hopes and dreams that no longer fit my life are gone.  I wear only those that fit me now.  I know that nothing lasts forever,  so now, my days are altered to live for now. Yes, there is a new normal.

-Esther Swilley
First United Methodist Church Manhattan

Prayer for Reflection

Lord, we have limited time here, thank you for now.


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