Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/1/2021

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Today's Lectionary Text

Romans 12:17-21

Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
 

Today's Devotional

On this All Saints Day, we remember all who have gone before us. Churches will celebrate the lives lost in the past year. We will grieve and pray, but also remember the ways individuals impacted our church community. Perhaps you have names of the saints who have come before you and remember the goodness they brought to your life or community.
 
For myself, I think of members of my family, but also leaders in the world who have been a voice of goodness and justice. I think about Martin Luther King Jr. and those who joined together marching to Selma and protesting discrimination based on race. I think of Cesar Chavez working to ensure the working conditions for farm employees were good and just. I think of Standing Bear, who fought to show Indigenous people are deserving of equal status under law. All these people worked for what was good. They had to overcome the evils of the world, the pain of the world, but they chose to respond with good. Through peaceful protest and standing up for those in need they were saints who lived out the message of the Gospel of Jesus. To feed the hungry, to shelter the homeless, and to sit with those who mourn.
 
But this call is not just for the saints whom we remember, it is for all of us. Each day we are to carry the same spirit of mercy and good in our world, to overcome the evil of our world with kindness and compassion. We are to carry the same light passed on to us generations before. So how will you show this good with the world today?
-Maddie Baugous
Pastoral Intern, Omaha First UMC

maddi.baugous@fumcomaha.org

Prayer for Reflection

God of all the ages, as we remember the saints who have passed away, may we also remember the challenge for us to work for what is right and good in the world. Together we pray. Amen.
 

 

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