Prayer: Give us this day our daily bread, Father. Amen.
Reading: Isaiah 55:1-9 (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: This Lent, I’ve given up desserts. So, since Ash Wednesday, I’ve not had any cake, pie, ice cream, or Little Debbies. I’ve seen the value in doing this, as I’ve lost a few pounds, too, since I started doing this.
I’m also finding that I really don’t need as many sweets as I might usually consume. I get a little bit of a sweet tooth occasionally, but I’m staying the course. It feels good to have lost a little weight and feel like I’m eating healthier.
Another practice I’ve done this Lenten season is to pray the Lord’s Prayer when I go to bed at night. I start my prayers to God with this familiar prayer and then add my own petitions. I often get stuck on the line “give us today our daily bread.” I know that I have been blessed with more than just what I need to survive physically. In our reading today, we also are reminded about having more than just bread and what we really need. Getting too caught up in a consumer society is not what God wants us to do. And yet in this country, many times we feel we need more to get ahead.
My hope is today that you will look at your life and see what maybe you can give up. It might be something material, or it might be something that will help you have better health. What is God calling you to give up? --Chad Hershberger
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