Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/25/2022: Romans 8:25

Today please be in prayer for

Omaha St. Paul UMC
Missouri River District
Omaha St. Paul UMC
Missouri River District
Omaha TRI Community UMC
Missouri River District
Omaha Urban Abbey
Missouri River District

Today's Lectionary Text

Romans 8:25

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

 
 

Today's Devotional

Just me or does waiting seem like a long-lost art form? And yes, I’m looking in the mirror as I ponder this change in character. Growing up in rural southwest Nebraska (Wauneta) it seemed as if everything was a wait. Phone calls made from a landline and if the other line was busy, well you waited. Written communication was snail mailed, you waited. Feeling the sniffles coming on, you waited for the doctor’s office or pharmacy to open on Monday. Discovering you’d outgrown a piece of clothing or shoes, you definitely waited days or weeks for the next trip 45 minutes away to a shopping center. A far cry from the Dixi of today who has an iPhone, urgent care, 24-hour pharmacies, and Amazon at her fingertips.
 
The ironic part, the less I have to have patience, the less I actually have patience. I would expand that to say, the less character I have overall period. Waiting used to mean appreciating communication and time with loved ones more, not taking health for granted and being more proactive to maintain it, discovering how many material items I really don’t need, supporting local farms and small businesses, and really valuing other humans over technology as they were the means to my survival.
 
I would equate this to my faith journey as well. I know God and Heaven exist, but it’s not instantaneous for most (or doesn’t feel that way at times). Therefore, it’s easy to lose patience and toss them aside for less important (unimportant!) things happening in the here and now. So, face in the mirror, I challenge you to embrace the wait, and bring character and quality to the faith journey.
-- Dixi Wellman, Waverly First UMC
Rdskwellman@windstream.net

Prayer for Reflection

Dear Heavenly Father, I do hope and yearn for what I do not see, often due to my own blindness. Help me see it and run with patience the race before me until I see Your face in Heaven. Amen.

 

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