Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to know all the things that you want us to do for you and your Kingdom. Guide us to turn away from the flashy things that might distract us from your good work. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 9: 35-10:8 (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: Sitting on the fluffy shag carpet of his room, Stephen looked all around him for the sword for the soldier he had been marching toward the castle. An assault was slowly progressing but the teddy bears were putting up a bigger fight than was expected. “This could take a long time,” he thought. “Oh well, I have plenty of time. The bear brigade will eventually give in to defeat…” Time passed.
“Stephen! What are you doing? You were supposed to be dressed and ready by now! Oh my we are going to be so late…We have STUFF TO DO!...”
We can all get distracted and lose focus. These Bible verses should remind us that there is very important work to do—good work to do. God’s work takes time and we have to make sure that we are setting aside time for worship and serving in God’s name, sharing the good news, being generous and sharing, helping and healing… We need to be reminded that there is Kingdom stuff to do. Let’s get to it! --Andrew Fitch
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