Prayer: Be with me, Lord, when I have to tackle uncomfortable conversations. Amen.
Reading: 2 Samuel 11:1-15 (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: I heard a couple of pastors talking earlier in this week about this story. They were talking about what they might preach about this story on Sunday. I was reminded that years ago this story was one of our stories in a summer curriculum at camp. The counselors and staff talked about how to deal with this story.
Sometimes there are subjects that are uncomfortable for us to talk about. Life isn’t always pretty, as they say. But I think that we need to have those uncomfortable conversations. Even though my children are young, we try to be open and honest with them as they ask questions. I want them to grow up to be mature, honest people.
When you have an uncomfortable subject to talk about it, know that God is with you. Ask for strength and guidance to tackle your task. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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