Prayer: God, help us be merciful as you are merciful. Amen
Reading: Luke 6: 27-38 (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: These verses are so basic and simple. Yet it is sometimes difficult to practice what we preach. I have met a lot of people and I have to admit some have been hard to like. Is it okay to say that I have learned to “put up” with them? Maybe tolerate is a better word. We need to accept people as they are. Be merciful. (v. 36a)
Have you helped in a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter? Or helped in any situation where you are giving more than you can possibly expect to receive back? Sometimes a ‘’thank you’’ is not even forthcoming. It may merely come as a shy smile. That's okay. The best thank you is to God for His love and blessings. God is merciful. (v. 36b)
-- Alice Yeakel
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