Prayer: God, our provider, may we keep in mind one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions. Amen
Reading: Luke 12: 13-21 (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 moved to college I brought along everything including the kitchen sink. Well, maybe not quite that much but it was way more than I needed. Ironically, I lived in the "International Dorm" with students from around the world. There I realized how ridiculously overboard I had packed. They arrived in America and on campus with what fit in two suitcases and a backpack at the most. I obviously had way more stuff than I really needed.
Jesus tells us one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions. (Luke 12: 15) I have learned less is more. The less a carry around, the more I enjoy the experiences of the moment. The less I want, the more thankful I am for what I have. The less I have to take care of, the more I appreciate the simple things of life. Instead of an abundance of possessions, abound in thanksgiving. Less really is more. --Ruth Gates
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