Prayer: Help me to see you in the midst of trouble, O Lord.
Reading: Mark 6:45-51 (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: Today, we continue our weekly look at this summer’s curriculum, “La Frontera.” Our campers will be looking at where Jesus meets us and how Jesus meets us where we are! This reading is an alternate text for the first day.
Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, and others sang a song called “Stormy Weather.” It’s a
broken-heart song “since my man and I ain't together.” Verse two goes like this:
Life is bare, gloom and misery everywhere
Stormy weather, just can't get my poor self together
I'm weary all the time, the time
So weary all the time.
I’m remembering the times when life was no fun. There were times when it seemed like I was “straining at the oars against an adverse wind.” There were times when things were just plain miserable. There were times when it seemed that all was lost. There were times when I felt alone, abandoned, hopeless and beyond weary.
Always, and I do mean always, when the bad time ended, when things got all better--thinking back on that stretch of time I realized that God was there through it all, I just didn’t see the Lord in the midst of the trouble.
Where does Jesus meet us? Jesus meets us when the winds of life are as adverse as we can imagine. The stormy weather of life, Jesus walks toward us and with us. --Jim Bricker
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