Prayer: Dear God, show us how to help those who struggle. We are in awe of your power and those who are touched by your love. May we be that love to those with special needs. Amen
Reading: Luke 9: 28-36 (37-43) (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: Jesus removed the demon from a young boy. Family and friends were awed by His healing powers. How can we help someone heal? How can we help those who struggle?
Recently a local church sponsored a prom for young people with special needs. They danced, sang, and enjoyed a catered dinner. As a child I remember “Willie.” He would walk through town with his wagon selling bags of peanuts. And then there was Joe at the local YMCA who would take your nickel for a coke (in a glass bottle!) from the ice chest. In later years he would stamp your tax bill “paid”.
There are ways we can help those with struggles or special needs. Let God show us how.
-- Alice Yeakel
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