Prayer: Mold me and make me, Lord, after your will. Amen
Reading: Jeremiah 18: 1-11 (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: When a Potter works clay on the wheel, from the very start he is forming the final product. Every move affects how the piece turns out. Sometimes along the way something goes wrong. The clay gets squashed back down to start over. But there is still hope it will turn out right the next time.
The Lord told Jeremiah to go to the potter's house. Jeremiah watched the potter working at his wheel. The vessel he was making was spoiled. He kept the wheel going and reworked the clay into another vessel, as seemed good to him.
We sing a hymn that speaks of the Lord as a potter and we ask to be molded after His will. There may be times when we feel we are spinning on a wheel but God's hand is always on us. There may be times when we feel squashed back down but there is always hope in His will. --Ruth Gates
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