Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/23/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Towner, CO UMC
Tribune UMC
Dodge City District
Ulysses: First UMC
Dodge City District
District Superintendent
Five Rivers District
Parsons District
Administrative Assistant
Parsons District

Today's Lectionary Text

Acts 2:1-4

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Today's Devotional

I have almost always considered myself good at mathematics both in school and in my first career which were heavily dominated by statistical analysis. Since entering seminary and the ministry, I left behind mathematical pursuits in favor of contemplative pursuits, but I still like math. The Church has recently celebrated Pentecost where God the Creator, and God With Us (Jesus), sent the Holy Spirit to be God in us. After celebrating Pentecost we then celebrate Trinity Sunday. Sometimes in the excitement of Pentecost we tend to overlook the Holy Spirit part of the Trinity and even more so I think we may overlook the fourth part of the Trinity. You may be thinking "I thought he said he was good at math? How can there be a fourth part of something that begins with Tri?" No, this isn’t an oops, this is just my way of drawing attention to a complex subject, the Trinity.

There are many illustrations used to illustrate how something can be both one and three, but I’ve never heard anyone add a fourth part. However, I’ve seen it illustrated in my all-time favorite movie, “Phenomenon.” In a scene near the very end, where the main character George Malley has died, and the professor he was sharing his experiments with comes to the house, and George’s girl friend tells him that George has died, but she gives him many notebooks, all filled with George’s work, and says “he wasn’t done -- it’s up to you to finish George’s work.” Here is great Holy Spirit moment in the film for as she says those words, the wind comes up and the camera shows the trees moving in the wind -- the Holy Spirit was present. My friends, that is what you need to know about the fourth part of the Trinity, that God is known to people through Jesus Christ, and then known through the Holy Spirit, and then through the fourth part -- it’s up to US to finish his work. If anyone today is to see God, if anyone to be touched by Jesus, if anyone is to be present in the life of someone struggling and searching for guidance or help, then it is us (you and me and all of the church), who will do the touching, leading or discovering. Indeed, we are the fourth part of the Trinity, applying what Jesus has taught us, living the way Jesus showed us, and being led by the Holy Spirit, making choices in life the way God intends so we might live abundantly and help others to do the same.
--Rev. Galen Wray, retired elder
gwray@greatplainsumc.org

Prayer for Reflection

Holy God, three-in-one, dwell in us such that we are led and guided by the Holy Spirit to continue your work on earth. May we be your hands, eyes, and feet reaching out to touch a hurting world with your love and healing power. Amen.

 

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