Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/16/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Lebanon UMC
Hays District
Lenora United Parish UMC
Hays District
Amherst, KS UMC
Lucas UMC
Luray UMC
Hays District
Natoma UMC
Pleasant Plains UMC
Hays District

Today's Lectionary Text

Romans 8:37-39

No, in all these things we are more than victorious through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Today's Devotional

I recently binge watched the show “The Orville,” which is an homage to classic space themed TV shows like “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.”

This group of space explorers are often put in challenging moral dilemmas and must respond in the “correct” way. In one episode, a crew member travels back in time to Earth in the year 2015. While for his crew, no time has passed, over 10 years have taken place. As part of his code of ethics, he is to not make himself known to anyone of the time, living instead in isolation. He discovers the challenges of this because he longs to be part of a community. And so, he breaks his code and finds a job and gets married. He knew isolation would not help him survive and recognized the central need for us to be in relationships with others.

Watching this, I recognized it would be hard for me to be comfortable in the vastness of space, to be all alone. However, one does not need to go to space or another planet to recognize how real the fear of loneliness and separation from others truly is. This call from the writer of Romans, claims nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ. So even on the farthest planet of the universe, Christ’s love is still there. And nothing we do can stop God from loving us.

Much like the crew of “The Orville” who continued searching for their isolated crewmate, jumping across space and time, God does the same for us. But as followers of the way of Christ, it also means we cannot separate others from experiencing the love of God. We must break down barriers of hatred or fear, to instead welcome people into the covenant of God’s love. It also means we must be crewmates who go to all and ensure they know the abundance of God’s love. For truly nothing can separate us from the love of God, and we will ensure this love is known throughout the world and universe. 
--Maddi Baugous
Associate pastor, Omaha First UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Infinite God, may we cross over ever divide and depth, to show all people your love. When we create barriers in our heart, break them down because we are called to be in communion with all. Together we pray. Amen.


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