Prayer: Be with me, Lord Jesus, and help me to know that you feel my troubles. Amen.
Reading: John 13:1-35 (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: In verse 21, it says “Jesus was troubled in spirit.” Often there are passages like this in scripture that help to remind me that even though Jesus is divine, he still felt human hardship when he was on the earth. Jesus knew what was going to happen and yet he was still troubled by it. He truly felt that human emotion.
When times get tough in my life, it is good to know that Jesus is in my midst and knows how I am feeling. When I am troubled in spirit, I know that Jesus also felt troubled in spirit. How great it is to know that God knows just how I am feeling! --Chad Hershberger
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