This week we are reprinting prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally printed on April 13, 2015.
Prayer: Dear God, open my mind so I can understand the scriptures.
Reading: Luke 24: 36b-48 (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: Stop. Start over. Go back to the beginning and, after praying the prayer above, actually click on the link to read the text for today. Thank you. Now, take a moment and at least ask yourself Question 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn't make sense to me in this text? At this point if you are honestly scared, confused, challenged or trying to make sense of the text then by all means don't worry. You are in good company with the disciples after Jesus' death and word of his resurrection.
Jesus had just appeared to them and they were startled and frightened thinking they had seen a ghost. He showed them his hands and feet and there was joy and amazement. Then it was time for Jesus to explain all that he had told them before, all that needed to be fulfilled and all that was written going back to the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms. Obviously, their minds were already overwhelmed before Jesus even started talking. How would they ever understand? Well, Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. (v. 45). Surely that must have helped.
We come to our devotion time with busy and burdened minds. This daily devotion arrives by email, Facebook post, blog or Tweet sometimes as unexpectedly as the risen Christ appearing and eating fish. Take the time at that moment or at a set aside time to ask God to open your mind so you can understand His Word.
Oh, and remember Questions 2, 3 and 4. God is always up to something! --Ruth Gates
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