Prayer: Dear God, may we walk humbly doing what you ask us to do. Amen.
Reading: Mark 6: 1-13 (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: The humility in this passage is remarkable. Jesus and His disciples were ordinary people. They walked and talked to their neighbors urging them not to sin. But the people shook their heads in disbelief and, with skepticism, said, “He is just a carpenter’s son. Why should we listen to him?”
Ordinary people like carpenters, farmers, waitresses, and the mail carrier are people God blesses with the ability to do good things.
Jesus urged His disciples to continue and not be discouraged.
So we should not despair or become discouraged. If you think your efforts and good deeds are not being noticed or appreciated, remember these verses.
-- Alice Yeakel
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