Prayer: Dear God, today, tomorrow and the next day your work needs to be done. Help us to keep going even when it feels impossible. May we be willing to be gathered under your wings. Amen
Reading: Luke 13: 31-35 (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: We have all heard the expression, "It's like herding cats." as a humorous way to describe trying to do the impossible. In our text today, Jesus speaks of longing to gather Jerusalem's children together, as a hen gathers her chick's under her wing. However, they were not willing. Was Jesus' ministry like herding cats? Maybe it felt like it at times. But Jesus continued, "casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow and on the third day I finish my work." (v. 32)
We have much to do, too, and at times it may seem impossible. Let's remember we are gathered under God's care as we live today, tomorrow and until our work is finished. --Ruth Gates
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