Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/22/2023: Psalm 146:8-10

Today please be in prayer for

Wahoo First UMC
Blue River District
Waverly, NE First UMC
Blue River District
Blue Springs UMC
Wymore: First UMC
Blue River District
Kansas City District superintendent
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 146: 8-10 

The Lord gives sight to the blind, 
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, 
the Lord loves the righteous. 

The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, 
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. 

The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. 


Today’s Reflective Questions 

  • When have you desperately waited for something?  
  • What characteristics of God do you rely on the most this week?  
  • How are you listening to God and others this week?  


Today's Devotional

This Week’s Lenten Focus: Listening  

This Lenten season, Bishop David Wilson, along with some conference staff and members of the laity, are inviting the people of the Great Plains Conference and beyond to “Pay Attention to God’s Voice” during this season of Lent. The theme for this week is Listening.  

This week take moments to actively listen to God through Scripture, others, and the world around you. Begin each day with a listening posture with a deep desire to hear people. Be especially attentive to the ways you can listen to others with depth and seeing the Holy Spirit in each person. Listen more than you talk this week.   

Hear how God is speaking to you in this week. Listen to your body and soul this week. In a world of pain, grief, and heartache, listen to God’s comfort and care. Be present to yourself and then to others.  

Hear God’s words through the Scriptures. The psalms are the songs, prayers, and hymnbook, naming how people have listened to God for thousands of years. The poet calls out to God remind us of who God is. We join with millions of people of faith throughout the centuries, repeating these words and listening to God’s guidance each day.  

Rev. Jee Sook Gil  
Rev. Nicole Conard  


Invitation to Go Deeper 

Today pray like a psalmist who cries out for God and longs for God’s forgiveness. God listens to our problems and worries. Take time now to sit in silence. If you like, set a time between 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 20 minutes or more to be in silence. Listen, wait for God’s response in your quiet place.  


Prayer for Reflection

O Lord, you give sight to the blind, you lift up those who are bowed down, you love the righteous. You watch over the foreigner and sustain the fatherless and the widow, but you frustrate the ways of the wicked. You, O Lord reign forever for all generations. We hear you who you are today. Help us to listen to Your voice. Amen.  


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