Great Plains Daily Devotional for 10/3/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Bellwood UMC
David City St Luke's UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Doniphan UMC
Rosedale UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Exeter UMC
Milligan UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Geneva UMC
Prairie Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Sovereign,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
    Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
    to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
    mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Today's Devotional

One of my joys living on the prairie is watching the sky. I marvel at thunderstorms moving across the horizon, the beauty of sunrises and sunsets, and the vastness of the night sky. While I am taking in its beauty, the seemingly endless stars in the sky can leave me feeling insignificant.
In a universe that spans time and space beyond our comprehension, I wonder why I matter. Compared to the cosmos, my time here is brief, and it seems unimaginable that anything I do will change the world.
I imagine the psalmist staring off into the night sky with that same feeling of smallness. But he remembers what we should not forget, God has placed us here for a purpose. We are created in God’s image and charged with being the stewards of God’s creation. Throughout history, we have fallen short, but God continues to call us to care for our world and God's children, as God would.   
You are here for a purpose. While that purpose is different for each of us, ultimately, our purpose is the same. That purpose is to answer God's call to transform our world from what it is to what God envisions it to be.
-Pastor Michael Turner
Reading and Osage City, KS

Prayer for Reflection

Creator God, as we admire the vastness and beauty of the universe, we can feel small. Help us remember you know us by name and call us to serve you by caring for your children and creation. Amen. 


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