Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for teaching us about the bread of life so we could start simple as we learn your words of eternal life. Amen
Reading: John 6: 60-69 (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: For most of John 6, Jesus talks about the bread of life but at the end his disciples don't undertand saying, "This teaching is difficult. Who can accept it?"
Makes me think about the first song students learn on a band instrument. It's about bread, too. Hot Cross Buns. Yet, even that simple tune with just three different notes can be a challenge. "This song is difficult. I can't play it." Start simple and practice.
As we hear the Word, we too may think, "This teaching is difficult. Who can accept it?" But Jesus started with something simple: bread. Then Jesus moved on to the spirit that gives life and words of eternal life.
Be it the Bread of Life or Hot Cross Buns", start simple and practice.
-- Ruth Gates
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