Prayer: Dear God, thank you for loving us and helping us to be found again in you. You rescue us and give us life. Amen.
Reading: Mathew 18:12-14 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Bad business. Or should I say, “Baaad business.” Seriously, though, who does this?! Who leaves ninety-nine for one? Wouldn’t most of us grumble and say our goodbyes from a distance with a smirk. That one has always been trouble. Even if you take the sheep out of the equation, what if you had ninety-nine cars, friends, or apples? Does that change anything? Does the value of the one make a difference? Can one possibly outweigh so many? Only in love. Only if that one is one that you love and is yours. Only if that one is a dear one to you. Then, you would recklessly abandon the crowd and chase down your own. --Andrew Fitch