Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, help us to know you and follow you with greater devotion, clarity and faithfulness. Amen.
Reading: John 10:1-18 (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: Do you remember when phones did not have caller ID? When a phone rang, you would say hello as a question. Sometimes you would have to say, "Who is this?" Or, if you were calling and they did not know you well, you would identify yourself. Sometimes, part of the fun would be trying to get the person on the other end of the line to figure out who you were. Some familial voices sound very similar. To a friend or acquaintance, two brothers might sound the same. For me, I could answer the phone and some people weren't sure if it was my father, brother, or me! Mothers, grandmothers or best friends, though, would probably get it right. Those who really love you know what your voice sounds like. The reverse is also true. You know what your beloved sounds like even on a garbled wireless call. The spiritual challenge, of course, is that we don't know what Jesus' physical voice sounds like. Discernment means that we try to make sense of the voices and narratives that try to tell us what to be and who we are. Yet, what we really want to discover is what God wants us to do and be. Best of all, God knows us the best and has our best interests in mind. God truly knows our truest self. God knows what our voice sounds like early in the morning after a rough night of restlessness. So we pray, try to keep still and focus to listen for what God has willed for us. --Andrew Fitch