Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/18/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Dorchester UMC
Friend UMC
Blue River District
Hallam UMC
Martell UMC
Roca UMC
Blue River District
Lincoln Aldersgate UMC
Blue River District
Lincoln Christ UMC
Blue River District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

Today's Devotional

There are some words in the English language that are gradually fading away, due primarily to lack of use. Today’s language reflects the cultural shift that has gone on for several decades, where slang, or street language, and an abbreviated way of communicating have predominated. However, there are certain words that hold great significance for me and I do not wish to see them disappear. One such word is: Nevertheless.

Today is my mother’s birthday. She would have turned 93 today had she not succumbed to cancer at 66 (way too young). I remember many things about her including her fierce undying love for me and her passionate defense of me even in my most self-destructive and difficult times. I also remember all the arguments we had in my youth, wherein she often referred to me as precocious, perhaps stubborn and someone who would ‘argue with the devil himself.” I also remember her use of the word nevertheless. Think about it. When was the last time you used or heard someone use the word nevertheless? Probably you have not heard it used in recent times. Yet nevertheless is a word with great redemptive power. It is a word which can transform a situation, and can even transform lives. I think back to my childhood, when I was being the obstinate, precocious child I could be, and my mother would be exasperated with me, and give me a lecture or a punishment. Most of the time, however, she would end her tirade with: “Nevertheless, I love you.” I probably didn’t appreciate her words as much as I should have, but in looking back, I see how wonderful it was that though I had broken something, or made a mess; no matter what I did, my mother loved me. Can you think of “nevertheless” moments in your life? Times when things looked pretty dismal, nevertheless, something good came from it? Times when you wanted to react negatively to someone or something, nevertheless, you did not?

Chances are you have thought of a few of these moments. One of the most important nevertheless moments of all time is noted in the above scripture. No matter how much human beings do wrong, and reject God’s word and teaching, nevertheless, God so loved us, that he gave us his son. To God’s great nevertheless, I say Amen.

--Rev. Galen Wray, retired elder

Prayer for Reflection

Gracious God, we are thankful that despite our disobedient and neglectful ways, nevertheless you love us. Instill in us the desire to offer your grace to those who are difficult for us, and extend the redemptive nevertheless in our relationships, our work and our world. Amen.
 

 

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