Prayer: Dear God, help us rest in knowing in the midst of trouble we remain rooted in you and will be gathered in your arms. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43 (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: Ah-hah! That's why I am having trouble sleeping at night. I am thinking about the enemy sowing weeds among the wheat while everyone is sleeping. Here we are sowing good seed in our fields but when it all starts to grow, there will be weeds anyway. Not only that, but we can't pull out the weeds without hurting the good that is growing. It all must wait until the harvest when the weeds will be pulled and the wheat will be gathered.
We all need rest. If the weeds are going to grow with the wheat anyway, may we at least stay rooted in God's love and care until we are gathered in his arms. --Ruth Gates
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