Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/12/2022

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Winfield First UMC
Wichita East District
Winfield First UMC
Wichita East District
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Wichita East District
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Winfield Grandview UMC
Wichita East District

Today's Lectionary Text

Matthew 6:25-34 

“Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. But I say to you that even Solomon in all of his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, won’t God do much more for you, you people of weak faith? Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Today's Devotional

Rev. Ed Kail, one of my professors at Saint Paul School of Theology, was fond of saying that those of us who are “aging boomers tend to have a love/hate relationship with electronics.” We love them when they work for us and hate them when they fail – or when we must -- update/upgrade them. I have been reminded of that recently. My trusty laptop has been showing signs that it was failing for some time now. But I hate the thought of going through the hassle (not to mention the expense!) of choosing a new laptop, installing software, and learning all the new ways the programs operate since the last upgrade. It tends to distress me, and I start to worry about transferring files that didn’t get stored on the cloud and what all I might lose along the way.

So, knowing that the life of the laptop was limited, I let worry over technicalities keep me from dealing with the inevitable until it became a real necessity. Late last night everything came crashing down as that laptop died for good. Then I really worried about what files I might have lost for good. Sermons, devotionals, files from various organizations – all gone except for the ones save to the cloud! And since the laptop will not even start now, there were doubts that even a technician could retrieve any of it.

This is to say that God even watches over aging boomers with IT fears! This morning I purchased a new laptop, pre-loaded with my preferred software, and brought it home. When I started setting it up to my preferences, I discovered that my fears were totally unnecessary. New technology (since my last “new computer” experience) to the rescue! Not only was the process of setting up easy, but I discovered that I was able to retrieve all the files I feared were lost!

God IS good ALL the time! If I had not let my IT worries take control of my actions and just made the purchase a few weeks ago, I would have saved myself a night of tossing and turning as I needlessly worried over things beyond my control. All my worries over these things did not add a moment to my life (more likely the opposite!) nor did they allow me to remember that there are more important things in God’s world than whether or not my old files are accessible.
                                                                                                            --Robbie Fall, retired elder

Prayer for Reflection

Thank you, God, for seeing to our needs – no matter how important or trivial in nature – even when we fail to remember that we can trust your love for us in all things. Amen.


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