Great Plains Daily Devotional for 10/18/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Lenexa UMC
Kansas City District
Lenexa: St. Paul's UMC
Kansas City District
Lenexa: St. Paul's UMC
Kansas City District
Lenexa: St. Paul's UMC
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (CEB) 

There’s a season for everything 
    and a time for every matter under the heavens: 
    a time for giving birth and a time for dying, 
    a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted, 
    a time for killing and a time for healing, 
    a time for tearing down and a time for building up, 
    a time for crying and a time for laughing, 
    a time for mourning and a time for dancing, 
    a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones, 
    a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces, 
    a time for searching and a time for losing, 
    a time for keeping and a time for throwing away, 
    a time for tearing and a time for repairing, 
    a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking, 
    a time for loving and a time for hating, 
    a time for war and a time for peace. 

Today's Devotional

Most often, my days (and even weeks) move along in an orderly, peaceful (or some might say boring) manner. Everything seems to run on an even keel. But occasionally, I have weeks that keep me much busier than usual. The last two weeks were like that. Beyond the usual activities on my calendar were a college reunion, two stage plays, a community concert, and a memorial service.

These have been weeks of highs and a couple of lows. Music and theater always put me in a joyous mood. The college reunion put me in touch with people I haven’t seen for fifty years, but who were a big part of my life for three or four years back in my late teens and early twenties. It also brought the realization that many other friends from that time have already left this world. Then the unexpected death of a woman who was mentor, colleague, and friend hit me hard, but the celebration of her well-lived life lifted my heart. 

All of which calls to mind the words of the writer of Ecclesiastes quoted above. There is, indeed, a time for all things. Knowing that this is true reminds me that each moment of life is precious and to be cherished. Birth, death, planting, reaping, mourning, dancing, tears, laughter. It’s all a part of the circle of the good life God has given us. I am reminded that I need to cherish each person in my life for as long as it is possible to do so. 
--Robbie Fall, retired elder 

Prayer for Reflection

Open our eyes and our hearts, O God, that we may cherish the life that you have given us and those people who make that life rich and fulfilling just by being a part of our lives. Amen. 


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