Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/7/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Coffeyville: First UMC
Edna UMC
Parsons District
Coffeyville: Trinity UMC
Parsons District
Cherokee UMC
Columbus, KS: First UMC
Weir UMC
Parsons District
Dennis UMC
Parsons: Faith UMC
Parsons District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 3:3-6

He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
    and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
    and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

Today's Devotional

In this Season of Advent, Saint John the Baptist is one of the characters we consider. He cries out to us to open a space in our lives so that God’s salvation will be known.

Perhaps that is what many of us do when immersed in nature on warm days. We enjoy the beauty that God provides and leave worries behind, increasing the spaciousness in our hearts.

There are appropriate times we do our best to tackle the problems of the community and reduce oppression. Then there is a time to change the world in other ways with appreciation of creation and trusting the Holy Protector and Healer to fulfill the promises of Advent.

Although I used to be a worrier and overcome with anxiety, I’ve learned that when anxiety rises like yeast in fresh dough, it’s time to get outside, or sit and breathe and release my worries to God. You might try this simple breath prayer:

Inhale the breath of God. Exhale the peace of Christ.

Keeping our minds and hearts on Christ, healing occurs, and we prepare the way of the Christ Child in our own way.

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Chorus:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel,
shall come to thee o Israel!
O come, Thou Wisdom, from on high,
and order all things far and nigh;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.

We hold you in the Light and Love of Christ.

 

-Rev. Marta Wheeler
Omaha St. Paul Benson

mwheeler@greatplainsumc.org

 

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