Prayer: Clear the mud from our eyes, Jesus, and help us to see the light. Amen.
Reading: John 9:1-11 (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: As we begin a new month, our Friday devotions will be based on our Day 4 theme for this summer in our “Water of Life” curriculum. Thursday’s theme is “In the Pool—Seeing and Being the Light.”
This story is about a man who was born blind. Jesus heals him by spitting in the dirt and putting the mud on the man’s eyes and then telling him to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam.
What do you think about this story? Why does it surprise you?
Imagine if you were blindfolded. What if someone was in the room with you and making noise, say hitting a glass or bowl with a spoon or dropping something on the floor. Could you guess what the other person is using to make the noises?
Like the blindfold, or the mud in the story, there are things in our lives that keep us from “seeing” (or hearing or recognizing) Jesus, the light of the world. In the story, washing in the water healed the man. What are the things that help you see Jesus in your life? --Chad Hershberger
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