Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/14/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Troy UMC
Wathena UMC
Topeka District
Corning: Trinity UMC
Goff UMC
Wetmore UMC
Topeka District
Bellevue, KS UMC
Highland UMC-Presbyterian
Zion UMC
Topeka District
St. Paul NE UMC
Prairie Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 16:11 

You show me the path of life.
    In your presence there is fullness of joy;
    in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Today's Devotional

I wish you could see my prayers. I wish they were like small specks of light that would surround you, so you would know I am praying for you. That would lift your spirits. But since that is not possible, I will settle for the next best thing: the indirect evidence. If you feel a little extra energy, if you feel a sense of confidence, if you just feel like smiling: then my prayers are working for you. Mine and many others. I will let it go at that, but if you ever see a lot of little lights around you, please let me know.

These beautiful words are from Bishop Steven Charleston, a retired Episcopal priest and member of the Chocaw Nation. He has written many books sharing his words of wisdom. These words come to us as we walk toward a darkness of changing seasons. And I think of the prayers of the mighty cloud of witness we honored on All Saints Sunday. The opening of our hearts and lives for those who went before us blazing a path and warming the hearth. As we each find our place in the world may we recognize the gift of prayer, compassion, hope and grace to ease the journey. In this season the night comes quickly yet the light is all around.

I wish you could see my prayers.
--Rev. Jo Mead
Wichita University UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Loving God, open our eyes to light and love given with prayer to illumine the path. May it be so. Amen.
Editor’s note: Permission was given from Bishop Steven Charleston to share his work for this devotion.


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