Prayer: Lord, I am only ______ (fill in the blank) but you are with me. Send me. I know I will not be alone. Amen
Reading: Jeremiah 1: 4-10 (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: Jeremiah, the would be prophet's excuse was "I am only a boy" but God would have none of it. God's response was "I am with you." (v. 7, 8)
Excuses are easy to come up with. "I am only one person" may be the most common. But it takes only one person to wash dishes at the triple sink of the soup kitchen. It takes only one person to tutor a young student struggling to learn how to read. It takes only one person to hold the hammer nailing wall in place after a hurricane. Another only one person may pour the juice to drink. Another only one person may be able to explain Calculus. Another only one person may be able to climb on the roof to lay shingles.
You see, there are many only ones. And even only ones aren't alone because God is with each and every one.
When you find yourself saying "I am only...", hear God responding with the promise "I will be with you" and know you aren't the only one. You are not alone.
-- Ruth Gates
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