Great Plains Daily Devotional for 7/19/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Beagle UMC
Fontana UMC
Parker UMC
Five Rivers District
Pleasanton, KS UMC
Prescott UMC
Five Rivers District
Plum Creek UMC
Five Rivers District
Redfield UMC
Five Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal;
a time to break down and a time to build up;
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek and a time to lose;
a time to keep and a time to throw away;
a time to tear and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.

Today's Devotional

My glasses have lenses that are called Transitions. When I go outside, they darken into sunglasses and when I come back in, they lighten into clear lenses. I wish transitions in our lives went as quickly and as smoothly!

Most of us can relate to struggles during all or some of these transitions: from living at home with parents to being on our own, from being single to married, from a couple to having children, from children at home to empty nest, from working to retirement, renting to property ownership, student to teacher, subordinate to boss. The list goes on and on. I find myself in one of those transition periods and it's not a comfortable place to be. For 16 years, my husband and I have helped care for our special needs granddaughter. It’s not comfortable to admit we are no longer able to do that. How do I reorder my time, now that I am not scheduling around her needs? For 27 years we have taken care of our farm and animals. How do we make that adjustment, admitting we are no longer able to care for this much acreage?

It is in these times that I turn to God for guidance and assurance that He knows my struggles and has already prepared a Word for me. There is a time and season for everything. Regardless of what season you may be in, God is going ahead of you to make a path. He will walk with you as you transition from this season into the next. May you find peace in your journey.
-Mary Brooks
Five Rivers District Lay Leader &
Lay Servant Ministries Director

Prayer for Reflection

Holy God, thank you for scripture that gives us guidance through the transitions of our lives. Help us to trust that you are with us and give us peace in our struggles. Amen.


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