Prayer: Help us to see you, Jesus, every day. Amen.
Reading: Nehemiah 8:1-10 (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: I’ve always like the book of Nehemiah. It reminds me of the importance of building up one another and not tearing down folks. A valuable lesson, especially as we observe the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week.
In our passage assigned for today, we are reminded of the importance of reading scripture as well. Ezra stood on a platform before the people and read the scriptures to them. In this month of resolutions and new beginnings, taking stock in how much we read God’s Word and participate in regular worship is important, too.
In this season of Epiphany, Jesus is revealing himself to us. We can see Jesus in others, like Dr. King. But we can also see Jesus in the Bible and in bread and wine. Where do you see Jesus today? --Chad Hershberger
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