This week we are reprinting prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally printed on April 14, 2015.
Prayer: Jesus, help us to see you today. Amen.
Reading: Acts 3:12-26 (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: I have the honor of preaching this Sunday at Grace Lutheran Church in Berwick. As I’ve been preparing this week for my sermon, this question has been in my head: “Where have you seen Jesus?” We ask our campers that question on an almost daily basis in the summer. When I’m trying to discern a situation, I often ask myself that question or a similar one, “Where is Jesus in all of this.”
Peter was a witness to the resurrection. He got to see Jesus several times after that first Easter Sunday. And, we went out and told people about it. We see that in our story today. I like this passage as it really ties together what God said would happen and what did happen. And it reminds us to pay attention to God’s Word to find direction for our lives.
Where have you seen Jesus? Where is Jesus in all of this? May these questions be on your mind this day. –Chad Hershberger
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