Prayer: Lord, help me to trust you the worst of my days. Amen.
Reading: Mark 5:1-20 (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: We continue today looking at Camp Mount Luther’s summer’s curriculum, “La Frontera.” Since we are into a new month, we are now working with Day 4, “Jesus meets us where we are because he loves us.” Today’s text is an alternate story for the day.
Grave yards are spooky. Halloweenish spooky. Like ghouls, goblins and maybe even zombies. Not the place I want to live and certainly not the place I would expect to meet Jesus. No, living among the tombs is not cool.
But, here is a man so possessed and so feared that his only “home” was among the dead. He didn’t want to be there, but there he was. He could not free himself. And Jesus met him only to get into a great battle with unclean spirits, demons. It seemed like things got a lot worse before they better. But they got better—for everybody.
Demons? Unclean spirits? Possessed? Today? In our modern, high-tech world? If we are honest, there are times when we are possessed and controlled and we don’t like it. Those times are not pretty. Actually, they are ugly. And sometimes there seems to be no hope. We cannot free ourselves.
And Jesus meets us and casts out our demons. --Jim Bricker
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