Prayer: Help us to wash our heart, Lord, that it may be more pleasing to you. Amen.
Reading: Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23 (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: I remember in school when I was younger that we lined up to wash our hands before eating. Surely, that is a good practice and I probably should do it more today than I do.
But this passage struck me that we are so often concerned about being clean on the outside and maybe we need to worry more about being clean on the inside. So instead of washing our hands, we need to remember to wash our hearts. As Jesus said, what comes out of us is what defiles. So, make sure you find ways to “wash your heart!”
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