Prayer: Help us, Lord, to keep in mind what makes a difference in your love for us and our love for you and others. Amen
Reading: John 6: 35, 41-51 (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: Vacation Bible Camp at our church this summer was led by Camp Mount Luther staff. They stayed in our home and one evening we had Campfire Worship in the backyard. It was the best week of the summer! The only problem we had was the oven stopped working the weekend before the staff arrived. Though the meals for the week did not involve baking, I did intend to bake the bread for Communion at Campfire Worship.
The appliance repairman came Monday but needed to order a part that might not be in until the end of the week. Someone suggested buying bread at the bakery. Of course that would be perfectly fine but I really wanted homemade bread from my kitchen for worship in the backyard. Fortunately, the part came in early, the repairman came back sooner and the oven was working again in time to bake. It made a difference to me.
Jesus said, "I am the bread of life." and "I am the bread that came down from heaven." There may be other bread to eat and it may come from the bakery but Jesus wanted to be sure all knew he was life-giving bread and he came from heaven. It makes a difference to us.
-- Ruth Gates
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