Prayer: When we are down, some good news can make a world of difference. Help us to know who to ask and what to listen for. Amen
Reading: Matthew 11: 2-11 (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: Even while in prison, John the Baptist was hearing about what Jesus was doing and that gave him hope. He asked his followers to find out if Jesus is the Messiah. Surely they came back with some good news. How kind of them to connect him to something better than his present situation.
When we are down, what do we listen to? Despairing thoughts of the discouraging situation we are in? Or do we listen for or seek out some good news? When we know someone who is down, do we bring a message of good news and hope?
This Advent season I have been purposefully inviting friends and co-workers to worship and events at my church that would bring them some good news. At the same time, I have received more invitations to Advent concerts, evenings of fellowship and even extra sessions of Divine Yoga (scripture based meditation and exercise). We all need some Good News. --Ruth Gates
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