Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/11/2021

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Today's Lectionary Text

Hebrews 12:13-15

Make straight paths for your feet so that if any part is lame, it will be healed rather than injured more seriously. Pursue the goal of peace along with everyone—and holiness as well, because no one will see the Lord without it. Make sure that no one misses out on God’s grace. Make sure that no root of bitterness grows up that might cause trouble and pollute many people.

Today's Devotional

Today is Veterans’ Day in the United States. In the British Commonwealth countries, it is known as Remembrance Day and in other places as Armistice Day. In the United States we use this holiday to honor the veterans of wars in which we have engaged. They are deserving of such honor.

But the celebrations of this day were originally about peace. It was about the cessation of war at 11 a.m. (GMT) on the eleventh day of the eleventh month as World War I came to an end more than a century ago. The war to end all wars was over – and the world has been chasing peace ever since.
 
Although – in reality, the world has been chasing peace since the first humans faced off over some piece of real estate in the distant mists of time. Peace seems to be very elusive for humanity, though. Humans being – well, human – this should not be surprising. The common assumption of earthly kings and rulers seems to be that peace can only be achieved through war. Certainly, the human understanding of peace as the absence of war has proven impossible to achieve thus far.
 
Jesus offers a better way to peace – although that peace may be beyond human understanding. The road to real peace – peace that permeates all we do – involves adherence to a path of holiness that few of us can fully navigate. Hebrews, Chapter 12, casts that path as a race that must be run, and for which we need the discipline of living what Jesus taught.
 
Much that he did teach (as found in the Gospels) points us in the direction of peace by leveling the path for this race that the writer of Hebrews suggests. Seek justice. Feed the hungry. Provide for those in need. Care for those who are ill. Go the second mile. Do not offer evil for evil. These things are the beginning of peace – along with walking closely with God through study of Scripture, prayer, and other means of grace. In doing so, we begin to “pursue the goal of peace … and holiness” that will lead to the peace we desire.
 
  --Rev. Robbie Fall, retired elder
    Hutchinson

Prayer for Reflection

Strengthen me for the race to be run, Lord God, and help us always to seek the path of peace. Amen.
 

 

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