Prayer: Forgiving Father, help us to see your blessings. Thank you for your love and forgiveness. Amen
Reading: Luke 15: 1-3, 11b-32 (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: The Parable of the Lost Son is one we have heard so many times and know so well. We ponder who we are most like: the wayward son, the irritated older brother or the forgiving father. Let's look at it this way this time:
We are all the wayward son (or daughter) and we live the same story over and over, day after day. We wake up every morning blessed with so much and still we want more. Then, too often, we squander it all away. A lost day. We turn back to God who welcomes us with open arms as we confess our sins.
What would it take to get out of that rut? Count your blessings before expecting more. Live gratefully all day through. Know you are loved when you make mistakes (or even when feeling like the overlooked good guy). Take the role of the forgiving father and be at peace with others. That kind of day is not a lost day. --Ruth Gates
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