Prayer: Help us Lord to do the best we can and seek the truth always. Amen
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?
This is in part an unpleasant passage. Seems the moral is: Do not make a promise you may regret. Herod did just that and we know the result. John the Baptist was beheaded.
Some people thought that through Jesus, John the Baptist had returned to life. Others thought he was Elijah.
There is a children's story about Sadie (a cat) and Towser (a dog). All Sadie wanted for her birthday was the moon. Towser vowed he would get it for her. He climbed on a chair. He made a tall pile of rocks. Then he climbed the highest hill he could find. But he still could not reach the moon. So he gave Sadie a big white balloon.
We do what we can and seek the truth always.
-- Alice Yeakel
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