Daily Devotions for Thursday, December 31, 2020

Good Morning Watsontown United Methodist Family,

Today’s Daily Devotions will be a “Lead Yourself” devotion.

Theme: The Poverty of God

You created us in love and desire only that we love You in return. How can we measure the depth of the poverty You endure because we foolishly love You poorly? Infuse us with the wisdom that will help us turn our faces to You with loving regard and joyful celebration. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Psalm: Psalm 14

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the LORD. But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous. You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge. Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Song: We Three Kings

Reading: Mark 6:1-6

A Prophet Without Honor
Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve
He was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.

Reflection

What “new” insight did you gain from today’s text ? How might you be able to apply today’s reading to your day today? Who would you like to share today’s reading with?

Closing Prayer

May the Lord who has blessed our poverty by embracing it empower us to embrace the poverty of our brothers and sisters in their sorrow, sickness, or any other hardship. In the name of Jesus, Amen.