Prayer: Lord, help me to be faithful as many before me show me how.
Reading: Hebrews 11:29-12:2 (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 beach is a great summer destination. Any beach. Assateague is my favorite. Imagine, then, standing ankle deep in the salt water of your favorite beach. And you hear this voice telling you to walk on in and keep walking until you get to the other side. I guess ankle deep is enough, huh? You can’t walk in, through or on the ocean. You just can’t.
But the writer of Hebrews inspires us by the example of those who stood by the Red Sea and faithfully proceeded to the other side. Then he tells us about the walls of Jericho falling down, and a prostitute who was faithful, and more until he concludes “we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.” We can proceed in faith even when we can’t see the conclusion but only hope. We proceed even if we don’t personally have faith, because so many before us have proceeded in faith to find Jesus perfecting their and our faith.
Who are those witnesses in your life? Mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, uncle, aunt, teacher, pastor, colleague, friend, husband, wife … ?? --Jim Bricker
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