Prayer: May we always hold onto you, Jesus, and be better people. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 4: 5-10 (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: This spring, when I visited Messiah Lutheran Church in South Williamsport, I took this picture of one of the paintings in their sanctuary. I was struck by the fact that these followers of Jesus were holding onto his clothes. To me, it showed that they truly wanted to hold onto Jesus.
How do we hold onto Jesus? Granted, we physically cannot do what these disciples could do but in what ways to be hold onto Jesus? Are Jesus’ teachings your guide for life? Do you look for Jesus in the everyday things that occupy your life?
As we have just wrapped up another summer camping season, it is my hope that our campers and staff hold onto Jesus and the things they learned at camp. I challenged them each week to go home and look for God in water—just like we talked about this summer during our “Water of Life” theme. Hopefully, they are finding God creating, baptizing, supplying, healing, and rescuing so that we can care, belong, share, help, and rest. Hopefully you can do the same, too! --Chad Hershberger
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