Prayer: Let our actions be pleasing to you, dear God, as we do our daily tasks and help us to use those opportunities to tell others about you. Amen.
Reading: Mark 1:29-39 (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: When I was growing up, there was a commercial on TV for Dunkin Donuts with Gary, the Baker. His alarm would go off early in the morning and he would say, “Time to make the donuts.” The purpose of the commercial was to remind us that Dunkin’s donuts were freshly made because Gary made sure of that each and every morning.
In our passage for today, it reminds me that no matter what we are involved with in our daily lives, we need to praise God and show love. In this passage, the mother-in-law is healed and she immediately goes to serve God. Jesus is tried and tries to take a break; but, there are crowds gathering to see him. There is no rest for the weary. Just like the donut baker, we need not rest when it comes to sharing God with others! --Chad Hershberger
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