Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on August 28, 2015.
Prayer: When you speak, O Lord, help me to listen.
Reading: Acts 16: 9-15 (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: My career as a pastor has included four calls before retirement and a few more “calls” after retirement. God always seems to have something for me to do. I am pretty sure that God and I agreed on a few of those calls. A couple of them, maybe I was more convinced than God! In any case, there are times when we are led to new places and new ventures. What “voice” or nudge does God use to get us where the Lord wants us to be? Probably different “voices” for each of us and different “voices” for us at different times of our lives.
Listen to God’s voice; however, it comes to you. Be convinced that what you do and where you do it, God has called you to proclaim the good news. --Jim Bricker
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