Prayer: Dear God, when things do not always go as planned or someone does something unexpected, we remember our love for you and our love for each other is most important. Amen
Reading: John 12: 1-8 (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: When loved ones gather for a special holiday mom will plan a great feast: polish the silverware, use the best china, the linen tablecloth.
One year about a week before Christmas there was a minor disruption (an illness in the family). However the 3 children really wanted to do a Christmas play about the 3 wisemen. So mom took the yards of material threaded with gold, which she had purchased for new placemats and napkins, and sewed costumes.
Her “to do’’ list still had one item on the list: bake cookies and dinner menu. Oops! And that’s when all the invited relatives came to the rescue. Everyone brought their favorite covered dish and a good time was had by all!
Dinners do not always go as planned. Resources may be used in unexpected ways. Most importantly we share our love in all ways.
-- Alice Yeakel
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