Great Plains Daily Devotional for 1/14/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Assoc. General Secretary: Discipleship Ministries, Nashville, TN
Wichita East District
Brownsville UMC Bremerton, WA & Seattle Pacific Univ. Leitourgia Project - Pacific Northwest Conference
Wichita East District
Director of Discipleship / Campus Minister, Southwestern College
Wichita East District
Professor and Chair of Dept of Religion
Friends University
Wichita East District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 36:5-10

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
    your judgments are like the great deep;
    you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
    and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.

O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
    and your salvation to the upright of heart!

Today's Devotional

Uncommon weather is a common part of life on the Great Plains. We have extreme heat and extreme cold, time with not enough rain and time with too much. Changes from hot to cold or dry to wet often happens quickly. Temperatures will change 40 or 50 degrees in a few hours. In an afternoon, skies will go from sunny to stormy, then the storm clouds clear in time for a beautiful sunset.
 
Changes in our weather, day to day and season to season, remind me God’s creation is ever-changing. Change may be constant, but we often struggle with it. We may fear change, resist change, even try to avoid change. When our life changes our relationship with God may change. In the midst of changes in my life there have been times when God felt far away. In the darkest days I feared God had forgotten me, or worse, abandoned me. In one of those dark seasons, meditating on the Psalms helped me reconnect with God’s steadfast love.
 
Today’s verses from Psalm 36 remind us God is always present; and the psalmist uses images that speak to a prairie guy like me. The psalmist describes God’s love as extending to the heavens, and God’s faithfulness reaching to the clouds.
 
Maybe it’s the same everywhere, but for me it seems living on the prairie requires paying attention to the sky. One moment we’re scanning the horizon for severe weather, the next we’re pausing to take in a beautiful sunset. It is constantly changing, but that vast sky is constantly present. Whether beautiful or foreboding, our horizons that seem to extend to the heavens remind us of God’s unconditional and steadfast love. 
 
--Michael Turner
Pastor, Osage City-Reading, Kansas
michael.turner@greatplainsumc.org

Prayer for Reflection

Almighty God, we are thankful for your unending and unconditional love for your children. Help us to remember your love is steadfast, even in those moments when we doubt, or even turn away from you. Amen.
 

 

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