Prayer: Lord, help me to sustain the weary with a word. Amen
Reading: Isaiah 50: 4-9a (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: The 4th verse of Isaiah 50 says, "The Lord has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word." I don't know about you but I know a lot of weary people out there. Myself included.
The other day at friend sent me encouragement in just 6 words, "Don't be too hard on yourself." I can tell you, those few words lifted a load off my weary shoulders.
One word, six or maybe a just few more, what we say can sustain someone who is weary. If we ask the Lord to give us the tongue of a teacher, perhaps we can lighten each other's loads. What word(s) to you need to hear? What word(s) can you say? --Ruth Gates
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