Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on September 9, 2013.
Prayer: God, may we be open to the unexpected that you have planned for our lives. Amen.
Reading: I Samuel 3: 1-10 (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: When I was growing up, my childhood pastor often said to me, "Chad, if God taps you on the shoulder, make sure you don't say 'no.'" He encouraged me to think about ordained ministry. Again, he said, “Chad- if God taps you on the shoulder, make sure you don’t say ‘no’.” He added, however, that if I felt more called, being involved in the church as a layperson, that was good, too. The church needed folks like that. He told me my parents were good role models in that department. I never forgot his words. After I became Mount Luther director, I got in touch with my old pastor's widow. She was delighted to hear from me and agreed that Pastor would be very proud of where I ended up and what I was doing to advance God's work.
I think God can tap us in different ways. We, like Samuel, should be willing to do whatever God asks us to. We need to be aware of what God is saying to us in our lives and act on it. When God taps us, no matter what God asks, we shouldn't say, "no." --Chad Hershberger
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