Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on September 15, 2013.
Prayer: God, we pray today for those who encourage others and for those who need encouragement. Help us to be encouragers and remind people of your love. Amen.
Reading: Luke 1: 39-45 (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: Have you ever had to speak an encouraging word to a friend or family member? How did you feel when you did it? How do you think they felt?
Elizabeth was a woman who seems to be very caring and compassionate. She probably is one of those people who rarely thinks of herself.
Elizabeth was an encourager to Mary. She stood by her and told her that "everything is going to be okay."
We need to be more like Elizabeth, encouraging others and helping them feel comfort. Being an encourager is an important job! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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