Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/26/22

Today please be in prayer for

Buck's Grove UMC
Circleville UMC
Topeka District
Denton, KS UMC
NEK Multi-County Health Department
Topeka District
Effingham Union Church
Topeka District
Elmont UMC
Topeka District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 14: 23-29

Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, “I am going away, and I am coming to you.” If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.

Today's Devotional

Today is my birthday, I won’t tell you how many years, but I thought it a great opportunity to write a Great Plains devotional. I also want to encourage you to use the words from this reading in John to reflect on your faith journey. As I was looking through the calendar of available dates, I also had in the back of my mind the changes that are coming for my wife, Beth, and me. As we continue our packing and thankfully have settled on a moving date it is a reminder that our journey in the Great Plains Annual Conference is continuing to move forward.  

When Beth and I were married almost 21 years ago neither one of us ever imagined that I would enter into fulltime ministry. We were both people of faith, her faith had kept her rooted in the UMC. My journey was somewhat meandering. My mom was a preacher’s kid and my grandfather, as I have shared in past devotionals, was a farmer then a Methodist pastor. I know when he started there was no UMC and I don’t know which branch of Methodism he was connected; I am sure I could do the research and find out for sure. Anyway, I was UMC, Southern Baptist, for a brief time I stopped attending church, and then Beth and I met and I came home to the UMC.  

I am whole heartedly a child of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit. There were times when I attended Prairie Hills Southern Baptist Church that I led Sunday school, youth group, and even at one point and time started to dream about a drama team with my pastor. Those all took a back seat when Beth and I met and my UMC faith journey started anew. The walk to Emmaus solidly brought me back to the church I now call home. Reminders of moments during that weekend still rest solidly on my heart and as I have grown in faith over the last 22 years, I am constantly reminded of how Jesus is connected in our lives. 

As I have looked over the previous paragraphs it seems like a meandering devotional, but I want us all to read the scripture today and continue to reflect on the words of John and let them be a reminder that Jesus cares for all people. As people of faith, we are reminded of our own touchstones of faith and how scripture draws us back to our connection with Jesus. John’s writings remind us that the spiritual and physical worlds coexist, and the Holy Spirit will continue to guide us on our faith journey. 

-- Rev. Jeff Goetzinger
Little River First-Mitchell Chapel UMCs

jgoetzinger@greatplainsumc.org

Prayer for Reflection

God of the visible and the invisible may your Holy Spirit continue to build your kindom here on earth. May we all listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and follow the path you have called us to journey. We pray in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.  

 

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