Great Plains Daily Devotional for 2/23/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Clearwater, NE UMC
Neligh UMC
Oakdale UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Looking Glass UMC
Newman Grove UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Norfolk First UMC
Stanton UMC
Winside UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Norfolk First UMC
Stanton UMC
Winside UMC
Elkhorn Valley District

Today's Lectionary Text

Exodus 34:29-35 

Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two covenant tablets in his hand, Moses didn’t realize that the skin of his face shone brightly because he had been talking with God. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw the skin of Moses’ face shining brightly, they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called them closer. So Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and Moses spoke with them. After that, all the Israelites came near as well, and Moses commanded them everything that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. When Moses finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. Whenever Moses went into the Lord’s presence to speak with him, Moses would take the veil off until he came out again. When Moses came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, the Israelites would see that the skin of Moses’ face was shining brightly. So Moses would put the veil on his face again until the next time he went in to speak with the Lord.

Today's Devotional

The Lord instructed Moses to write down the words that would form a covenant between Him and the people of Israel. For 40 days and nights Moses was writing the words that were coming from the Lord. My imagination paints the picture of Moses doing a lot of listening also during these days and nights. Two pictures come to mind as I think of this passage. The first picture is at the moment of putting words to stone, I have to think that Moses had mulled those words over and over and slowly wrote them. Or the second picture I imagine is Moses writing as fast as he could on that stone, and not giving one thought to the words – until later. It’s all about the presence of God and the movement of the words. Whether it is fast moving or barely moving, there should be visible evidence always on our faces showing that we have encountered Him over and over.

Whichever way the writing happened, Moses didn’t realize that he had been changed – his face now was glowing and shining brightly. We see where it is recorded that Aaron, the leaders, and the community were afraid of him. I’m not sure what any of us would think if someone’s face shined brightly to the point of producing fear.

This passage makes me wonder about us – does our face visibly change every time we encounter God? Our faces don’t have to become shiny or scary. It can be that visible sign showing on our faces that reflects inward grace. Can others see by our faces that there is something different about us? I hope so! I hope that each time we encounter God, that others can read that all over us.

How’s your face?
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator
htapley@greatplainsumc.org

Prayer for Reflection

God of powerful encounters, thank You that through Your Word we become changed individuals. May our faces show You, so that those who see us will desire to grow with You daily. Amen.
 

 

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