Prayer: God of peace we thank you for sending Jesus to save us from our sins. Help us forgive others like you forgive us. We pray in Jesus’s name. AMEN
Reading: John 20:19-31 (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: This is a text we hear every year after Easter. We probably could tell it without going to the Bible. It still is a very moving story no matter how many times we hear it. Jesus returning to his disciples after his death would have been a real shocking experience. No wonder his first words to them were “Peace be with you.” I think that when Jesus said that to the disciples he could have meant two different things. He was wishing them peace and he was letting them know that he was peace with them. I know that when I pray to Jesus I feel a peace. The other part of the story is Thomas and his doubting. I am sure I would have been just like him. I think I would have needed to see proof of their shocking story. It is the old adage seeing is believing. I feel that believing without seeing is faith! May your faith remain strong, and may the peace of the Lord be with you. --Charlene Rineer
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