Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on August 4, 2015.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for taking on our pain. Amen.
Reading: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 (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: In the final verse of our passage today, a father wishes that he could take the place of his child, who was killed. Being a father, when I see my children in pain, I often wish I could take that pain away from them and give it to me. In my mind, I feel I can handle it more than they can and could keep them from experiencing it.
One night, when my son was crying when we was cutting teeth, I had these thoughts. And it struck me that what God did for us in Jesus is just like that. God loved us so much that God was willing to take on the pain of sin and death so that we would not have to take on that pain.
Take time today to think about God’s ultimate sacrifice for you.
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