Prayer: Good Shepherd, thank you for knowing us, never leaving us and laying down you life for us. Amen
Reading: John 10: 11-18 (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: Having just gotten back from an eight day tour of Portugal and Spain with almost 90 people, two-thirds of whom were teenagers, I have an appreciation for what it takes to keep a large group together walking through airports, getting on and off motorcoaches, checking in and out of hotels and following guided tours. Those of us who were leaders or chaperones kept an eye out for strayers and stragglers; coazing them to follow along or catch up with the rest. It was hard work.
Then there were times when we let the group loose for a couple hours of free time in the city or town we were visiting that day. Even then we kept an eye out for members of our group scattered everywhere. Amazingly, everyone gathered back together at the designated meeting spot at the set meeting time. We never lost anyone. It was hard work.
Today's lesson about Jesus being the Good Shepherd has me thinking of his constant care and endless effort to keep us in his fold. In our walk with God, there are times when we are strayers and stragglers. However, the Good Shepherd, knows each of us, never leaves us and even lays down his life for us. Shepherding is hard work done with great love. -- Ruth Gates
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