Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/14/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Associate Campus Minister
Kansas Wesleyan University
Salina District
Abilene First UMC
Salina District
Alida UMC
Wakefield UMC
Salina District
Agenda UMC
Belleville: First UMC
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

Matthew 25:34-36

Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’

Today's Devotional

As a child, youth, and young adult, family, members of my local church, and members of the annual conference contributed to my faith development.  I can truly say that the most significant faith educators in my life are my parents.  People investing in my faith journey let me know that sharing the Christian faith with others and helping them to grow into a life of faith that they could claim as their own was deeply important.  I think this is one of the primary reasons why I continue to invest myself in United Methodist Campus Ministry at Emporia State University as a campus minister. 

One of the things I love about being a campus minister within the Great Plains Annual Conference is the joy of working with young adults as they are considering their vocational plans.  Working with young people as they navigate coupling their calling and their life of faith is a wonderfully unique opportunity in ministry.  It is another reason why I think campus ministry deeply matters. 

For me, at the heart of campus ministry is welcoming the stranger. Campus ministry can be a place where young people find Christian community.  A safe community that welcomes them as a child of God and works to help them grow into being their true best authentic selves in the world. Somedays this is a simple as providing a space where young adults can develop faith-based friendships. At other times it is that moment of standing in that place of offering the hospitality of the Good News on campus.  Welcoming the stranger is a heartfelt why of why I am, and we as United Methodist are invested in campus ministry.
-Rev. Kurt Cooper
Emporia State Campus Minister

Prayer for Reflection

Creator God, Sustaining Spirt, Redeeming Christ, as we journey through this Advent season, we ask that you come alongside us.  That you guide our footsteps, that you shape our words, and that you tug on our hearts.  We ask this day for you to watch over our young people as they make this Advent journey.  Help us O God to experience the story of the coming of Christ anew.  Renew us for ministry and mission with those who we call stranger.  And let us always remember the true why of why we about this work, Jesus Christ.  O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Amen.      

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