Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/10/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Gibbon Faith UMC
Gateway District
Gothenburg First UMC
Gateway District
Holdrege First UMC
Gateway District
Kearney Faith UMC
Gateway District

Today's Lectionary Text

Romans 8:14-17

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs: heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if we in fact suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
 

Today's Devotional

Today is the second full day of Annual Conference 2022 and it being a first for my wife Beth and me. She is home working on packing up our home to move to Scott City, Kansas, and I am here in La Vista, Nebraska. As I was thinking about what lectionary scriptures to use for this devotional a little while back, I was thinking about family. It is amazing that as we serve in a local church, we learn how important our church family can be. Today, Monday June 6, Mitchell Chapel had a going-away lunch for my wife and me. There has been a young girl attending church off and on with a member of the church. This young lady made a profound statement before we started eating. She said, “You know I have figured out that church is just like family.” There was more to the conversation, but her statement has stuck with me this afternoon, especially as we think about Paul’s words from Romans.
 
We are all part of the family of God and in that connection with family we have been adopted through the love of Jesus. We face the splintering of our denomination but that does not mean those that decide to leave are any less our family. I had a conversation with one of the pastors in Scott City this morning and he told me a while back he had the following message on his church sign, “Let’s all love one another and let God sort out the rest.” I told him I agreed with that statement. When we have love at the center, we can agree to disagree, but the main thing is God’s love.
 
When we reside in Christ, we know the ultimate love. We don’t have to go over it time and time again. Paul reminds us to continually live in our adoption through the love of Jesus. We often look at the different denominations just in the United States and we may shake our heads. When we start to look at the worldwide church there is even more diversity and thoughts about faith and our connection with the divine. Let’s just all agree to meet in the middle and let God sort it all out. We know there are times when it is hard to love someone. We should not let that hinder us in growing our faith family. Let us continue to remember we are heirs of God and joint heirs in Christ.
-Rev. Jeff Goetzinger
Little River & Mitchell Chapel UMC's

jgoetzinger@greatplainsumc.org

Prayer for Reflection

God of adoption and connection, may we all center our faith in love. When we are reminded that through adoption, we have been brought into a worldwide family we pray for our home faith community and the church universal. Through Jesus we are all heirs to the family and through Jesus we continue to pray, Amen.
 

 

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