Great Plains Daily Devotional for 7/29/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Scottsbluff First UMC
Great West District
Sidney First UMC
Great West District
Valentine UMC
Great West District
Maywood UMC
Wallace UMC
Great West District

Today's Lectionary Text

 Job 12:12

Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?

Today's Devotional

My first job at the tender age of 8 was delivering newspapers in my small southwest Nebraska hometown of Wauneta. Since both my parents worked, there were no car rides in order to get the job done. Rain or shine, below freezing or above 100 degrees, I was either riding my bike or walking the route daily.
Everyone knows everyone in a small town, however this job allowed me to get very acquainted with customers on this route. One of my favorite customers was Ora, a wise and kind widow. She would often speak to me and ask how my day was going. I’ll never forget the day she met me at her door and praised me generously for never walking on her lawn. The ugly truth is: the last couple weeks before that I had gotten lazy and was shamefully walking on her lawn. I was also walking on her neighbor’s lawn as it was easier to walk from door to door instead of walking back out onto the city provided sidewalk.
Did Ora know that and had decided a bit of positive reinforcement might go further than criticism with a child? Maybe. I’ll never know but what I did know is that I would NEVER do it again to her or anyone else. I wanted to live up to the kid that Ora thought I was. Bless her and the multitude of elders in Wauneta, Nebraska, that wrote on who Dixi Travis Wellman is today.
-Dixi Wellman
Waverly First UMC, NE


Prayer for Reflection

Dear Heavenly Father, please help me do the right thing always, even when I think no one is watching. I ask you teach me to love children and love the elderly, the two wisest of our generation … without end. Amen.


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