Prayer: God, our protector, guide us through what may seem to be mobs of people or problems set to bring us down. May we go on our way loving you and loving others. Amen
Reading: Luke 4: 21-30 (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: There is a scene in the movie, It's a Wonderful Life, where Clarence, George's guardian angel, disappears out from under the hands and hold of a police officer. The officer was after George for upsetting the people and disturbing the peace of the town. Clarence gives him a chance to escape and then a moment later vanishes into thin air himself. The officer is baffled. "Which way did he go?"
It's like our Bible story today. When the people in the synagogue heard all Jesus was saying, they were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them ( ...in a sense disappeared or escaped...) and went on his way. (v. 28-30) I can imagine the mob at the edge wondering, "Which way did he go?"
Have you even felt swept along by the tide of forces against you meaning to do you harm? In the midst of people or problems, God is with us. We will pass through. We are to go on our way loving God and loving others. "Which way did you go?"
-- Ruth Gates
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