Great Plains Daily Devotional for 1/24/2023: Psalm 27:7-14

Today please be in prayer for

Bronson UMC
Mildred UMC
Moran UMC
Five Rivers District
Blue Mound UMC
Mound City UMC
Five Rivers District
Lane UMC
Osawatomie: First UMC
Five Rivers District
Ottawa: First UMC
Richter UMC
Five Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 27:7-14

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”
    Your face, Lord, do I seek.
    Do not hide your face from me.

Do not turn your servant away in anger,
    you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off; do not forsake me,
    O God of my salvation!
If my father and mother forsake me,
    the Lord will take me up.

Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and lead me on a level path
    because of my enemies.
Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
    for false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they are breathing out violence.

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!

Today's Devotional

I am notorious for losing my keys. I think I put them in one place but when I look where “I know I put them” they aren’t there. Usually too, I lose my keys when I am running late and needed to be somewhere ten minutes ago. When I can’t find my keys, I start to turn over every couch cushion, open every door, and check every pocket. I will pace back and forth, looking in the same places multiple times.

After what feels like an eternity, I’ll find my keys hidden under a piece of mail on my kitchen table. This game of hide and seek is not as fun as I remember as a child. Sometimes though, like my keys I feel like I am search for God’s face. Like the Psalmist, I cry out and feel as though God is not listening or is off in some faraway place. There are moments when all I want is to feel God’s warm embrace, like I know I’ve felt before. And so, it becomes a quest to find where God might be hiding.

With my keys, I have discovered the need to put them in the same location when I get home, so I know where they are. With God, I just have to look up and realize God’s love surrounds. This might mean slowing down amidst the chaos or busyness of the world. It could be turning to familiar scripture, or it could be looking for a moment of gratitude each day. Just like my keys, God shows up. God can always be found because God is in every moment, we just have to look up. So even in those moments when our keys might be missing, God’s love is shining all around us.

-- Maddi Baugous, associate pastor
Omaha First UMC

mbaugous@greatplainsumc.org

Prayer for Reflection

Radiant God, may we always remember your love is always around us. May we draw our awareness to seeing your compassion and grace. Together we pray. Amen.

 

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