Prayer: Lord, help me to let go of things that need to be forgotten.
Reading: Mark 6:14-29 (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 am scheduled to preach this Sunday. You can bet I’m not going to use this text! But, there is something in there for us to consider today. John was beheaded partially because Herodias held a grudge against him. Grudges are really something, don’t you think? Not much good comes of them.
I will admit that there is a certain large “anchor” store that I haven’t been in for some 40 years. I won’t even walk through it to get somewhere else in the mall in case somebody sees me coming out and thinks that I shop there. See, some bunch of years ago this company treated me unfairly and gruffly twice in one week. I was so angry that I was looking for the phone number of the CEO—in the corporate headquarters. I haven’t spent a dime in that store since.
Now, that’s a grudge! Maybe it’s time for me to give that one up! J
What grudges are we holding that don’t do anything but hurt others and get our knickers in a bunch? Betcha can come up with one pretty easy. What do you say? Let it go? --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff.
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