Prayer: Dear God, as we journey through life, may we see where you are and name the special places in our hearts. Amen
Reading: Genesis 28: 10-19a (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: As Jacob journeyed, he stayed in a certain place. Must not have been much of a place. He had to use a rock for his pillow. But as he slept, he dreamt of a ladder and angels and in the dream the Lord spoke to him. He awoke realizing the Lord is in this place! (A place where all he had for a pillow was a rock.)
With gratitude, Jacob named the place Bethel. There is a town called Bethel in Pennsylvania. There are probably many towns and churches named Bethel. I wonder if the reason those places were named Bethel was because the founders saw the Lord there.
God is everywhere, of course, but some places are especially my "Happy Place". Home tops the list. Camp Mount Luther is another. There are others. I see God in those places and name them in my heart. (Sometimes I bring my own pillow.) --Ruth Gates
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