Prayer: Help us, dear Jesus, to live on the rock. Amen.
Reading: Acts 4:5-12 (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 reading this text today, we are reminded that Jesus is “the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.” I’ve had Jesus and stones on my mind lately. On Easter Sunday, my son got sick on the way to church and so we had to turn around and go home. I missed Easter Sunday services. It was the first time I ever remember not being in church on Easter Sunday. And so, as I sat at home with my sick boy on my lap, I was thinking if I knew of any Lutheran church that had a Sunday night service. And I remembered Grace Lutheran Church in State College, who has a worship service each Sunday night at 6:00.
So, my daughter and I ventured the hour-long drive and went to that service. My sister even joined us, as she lives near there. The senior pastor delivered a wonderful message and reminded us that Jesus rolled away the stone that Easter day. And Jesus can roll away the stones in our lives—the things that prevent us from being a better person or following our Lord. Jesus overcame death and can help us overcome anything, too.
And now, we are reminded of another Jesus and stone analogy. Jesus was rejected but became of the cornerstone of a whole new world. Not only can Jesus help us move stones, but He can help us to stand firm in living the blessings of an Easter life. What good news! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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