Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on May 4, 2013.
Prayer: Watch over us, Lord, when we need to escape. Guide us in our lives and in our journey of faith. Help us to share our story with others. Amen.
Reading: Exodus 12: 21-36 (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: Has a Biblical story ever come to life for you? It did for me when I was a senior high camper at Mount Luther in the late 1980s. It was Sunday night and we were talking about the rules for the week, what we wanted to do and we had started Bible study. The director came into the lodge and said it was well past our bedtime and we needed to go to bed right away. Our leaders said they didn't think it was fair that we could finish our study because if we didn't, we would be behind the rest of the week.
So, we decided to rebel (with the prodding our of leaders). We decided to leave camp. A group of us went to the kitchen to get some food. Another group made a sign to show our intent. And so, the next morning at five o'clock, we put our sign on the camp office (it read: The Israelites flew the coop- so did we) and proceeded to walk about five miles in hundred degree heat.
We found out after our walk that the whole event was planned. Our leaders wanted to show us what it was like to be the Israelites and how they exited from Egypt. It was a good lesson. We learned about the Exodus and what it was like to be oppressed.
We had to walk back to camp after we did Bible study at the church we walked to. It was a very hot day and to top it off, we had to carry back an "ark of the covenant" which was not an easy task. But it was a memorable experience, giving me the opportunity to live out an important event in biblical history. It made me think about Moses and the Israelites and how they felt during the Exodus. --Chad Hershberger
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