Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the peace you give us. Help us to remember to to feel your peace today. Amen.
Reading: John 20: 19-31 (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 long season of Lent is over. Packed full Holy Week is past. Easter was celebrated grandly yesterday. Now it is the day after all the excitement. In our church families, the Pastors are tired and the musicians need a rest. Church office staff, ushers, Sunday School teachers, all adults who have helped are ready for a break. Even the children who tried to understand the good of what seemed to be a bad Friday are now glad to have Easter joy (and candy).
Well, if this is how we are feeling, imagine the exhaustion of the disciples! In fact, they were in such a state, they gathered together and locked the doors. Today's reading is about Jesus appearing to his disciples and then also to Thomas. In these 12 verses of John 20, I noticed Jesus spoke the word "peace" over and over and over again. In fact, Jesus said, "Peace be with you!" three times. Sure, he also explained a couple other things to those tired and fearful followers, particularly to Thomas who was especially struggling, but it seems the most important message of the moment was Peace.
Perhaps peace is the most important message for us today, too. Remember Jesus said, "Peace be with you." Remind yourself of that once, twice, three times or more! --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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