Great Plains Daily Devotional for 4/28/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Elba UMC
Palmer UMC
Wolbach UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Clarks UMC
Pierce Chapel UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Guide Rock UMC
Red Cloud First UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Shickley UMC
Prairie Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 20:13-16

They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).

Today's Devotional

Hopelessness and sorrow overwhelmed Mary at the garden’s empty tomb. Confusion clouded her mind as she looked for her Lord’s body. The stone had been rolled away but where was her Lord? Good question. John had entered the empty tomb and believed that Jesus had risen from the dead. Peter went away still pondering what had happened.

Amazingly, Mary remained by the tomb, weeping. She wanted to find Jesus. She thought someone had robbed the grave and taken away his body. Desperation made her stoop low to investigate an empty tomb. Mary had an encounter with angels within the tomb but still wept in search of her Lord.

Why was Mary weeping? Are we not weeping Christians like Mary? We tarry long in weeping in different life situations. Scripture says, Weeping tarry for the night, joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5).  Jesus’ resurrection happened early morning and brought joy to the world.

The angels had to ask Mary why she wept because of her desperation and anguish. The Greek word used to describe her weeping means loud, uncontrollable wailing. Her anxiety was unfathomable and purposed, to see Jesus. Assumptions are inevitable. She assumed the gardener had taken Jesus.

What we learn from Mary’s weeping: Trauma is always horrific and difficult to erase. Disappointed Mary had experienced tragedy and could not piece the news of resurrection into reality. So often we are just like Mary. We are disappointed because we do not comprehend the big picture of what God is doing. We are frustrated because God is not working, as we desire. Truly, we must process our lamentations, discouragements, and weaknesses in the light of the risen Lord. ‘Why are you weeping? Christ is risen!”

-Rev. Eva Vennah Mudambanuki
Nebraska City First UMC

Prayer for Reflection

O God thank you for turning our sorrows into joy. Help us to understand the power of your resurrection in our confusion and weeping. Amen


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