Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for lending a lifesaving hand. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 14:22-33 (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: A familiar story that has been the foundation of numerous jokes. Punch line—you have to know where the rocks are. But, too often we don’t know where the rocks are. Too often we lose track of the foundation that supports us. Too often we lose our footing. Too often we feel like we are sinking and there is no way to touch bottom.
In this story, there is a sentence for those sinking moments. “Jesus immediately reached out his hand.” Whew! Rescued. Jesus is always beside us, walking with us whether on land or water. When we begin to falter, he is there reaching out out his hand. Grab it!! --Jim Bricker
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