Prayer: Lord, give us confidence in your healing power.
Reading: Mark 6:53-56 (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.
She had an enlarged heart. Still she raised four children. About once a year, her daughters said, she spent a spell in the hospital because of her heart. “That was God’s way of telling mom she needed a rest,” they said. She seldom missed church. Always pleasant. Asking about others. I’d say she had a big heart. She died this week. Gasping for air. But confident that God loves her. “My next move,” she said, “is up.”
Throughout her life, God healed her, over and over again. An enlarged heart, a valve replacement, she fell sometimes, an ever-present oxygen tank. But always she was confident of God’s presence and healing. She always came forward for anointing when we had services of wholeness. And God gave her healing by reassuring her of His love no matter what was going on with her health.
“I want a new body,” she told me recently. Well, she has a new body now. God has released her from her misery and gives her new life. God has healed her again. Thanks be to God. --Jim Bricker
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