Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/4/2022: Psalm 114, Psalm 139:13-15

Today please be in prayer for

District Superintendent
Elkhorn Valley District
Prairie Rivers District
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Prairie Rivers District
Aurora UMC
Bradshaw UMC
Phillips UMC
Prairie Rivers District
Aurora UMC
Bradshaw UMC
Phillips UMC
Prairie Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 117

Praise the Lord, all you nations!
    Extol him, all you peoples!
For great is his steadfast love towards us,
    and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 139:13-15

For it was you who formed my inward parts;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
    Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
    My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Today's Devotional

It’s her birthday. Tomorrow Alma will be 7 years old! Also, tomorrow, Graham Allan will be exactly 3 weeks old. Wow! “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1). God formed both Alma and Graham, God created each of them in a unique and beautiful way. Thanks be to God!

Thanks are due to folks all around Alma and Graham. Ms. Catlett, Alma’s first grade teacher, helps her navigate through each day. Her dance teacher allows her to sparkle and shine in tap shoes or ballet slippers every week as Alma learns new steps and moves. Graham spent six days in the NICU so his list includes capable nurses, faithful cleaning personnel, cautious security guards, knowledgeable neonatologists, and careful midwives. Thanks be to God for all of these persons!

It is so easy to hop or hum or drag through our days, enjoying what we are about or grumping over what we have to do. Do we remember to say thank you along the way? It takes about thirty seconds to offer thanks to our steadfast God for all that lies before us in a day. God needs to be thanked and praised for all God does, and for life itself. God delights when we remember to offer our thanks.

Other people hop, hum, or drag through their days too. The clerk at self-check might have good news to tell. As a way of saying thanks for her constant presence we could stop and listen to that good news.

The janitor cleans the restrooms at the middle school. That can be a dirty, disgusting job. Is it possible to stop by that school, be cleared to enter, and find the custodian to say thanks?

That street crew is out there again, working on a patch of rough road and slowing down traffic and sometimes making us late. We could make a big sign, using a fat black marker on a piece of white paper, that says, “Thank you for your work!” The sign could be held up to the window the next time our progress is impeded by street repairs.

So many opportunities exist throughout each day to say thank you. Constantly we are being given gifts that make our lives brighter. In response we can offer the gift of noticing and appreciating. Simply saying thanks might do that. Offering a few minutes of our day to listen or slowing down and nodding our head in a quick encounter indicates appreciation. Every time we say thanks to another, we are thanking God. We acknowledge that God made us, each unique and wonderful. In thanking someone, we are enacting the verse, “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;/his steadfast love endures forever.” So let’s go out and thank our steadfast God today.
-- Rev. Dianne Tombaugh, retired dtombaugh@greatplainsumc.org

Prayer for Reflection

Thank you, Gracious One, for all the gifts you place throughout your creation. Help us to share the gifts we have with those in need. Use us this day. Amen.

 

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