Prayer: Lord, we praise you for your never ending grace. Allow us to hear you when you call and give us hearts that are obedient to your will. In Your Holy Name, Amen.
Reading: Jonah 3: 1-5, 10 (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: If you only read the scripture citied here, you will miss a key part of Jonah’s story. So before I give you a crash course, I want to encourage you to read the entire book of Jonah- it is only 4 short chapters. But basically, the crash course is: Jonah is called by the Lord to proclaim a message to Nineveh but he was afraid of how the message would be received so he became timid and did not follow God’s direction. And here in today’s passage, God graciously gives Jonah another chance to heed his word.
There will be opportunities in your life for you to go far beyond your comfort zone to experience God’s creation and to proclaim his word and love to people who may not have had the opportunity to hear it otherwise. When those opportunities pop-up, they may not be your plan A, and they may be a grand but scary adventure that you aren’t quite sure you should take. But there is no need to worry if you miss it the first time around. Because just as with Jonah, God will keep after you because he wants the best for you and all his children- consider that a blessing- he has great things in store! --Anne Harshbarger
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