Prayer: When we have fear, calm us. When we see you, may we always share that good news. Amen.
Reading: Luke 8:26-39 (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 my daughter was younger, she loved pigs. She thought they were cute and I think she liked them because they were pink, her favorite color. I knew a family who were raising a pig so I took my daughter to go see it. I don’t think she cared too much to see the live pig, preferring the cartoon version of pigs to the real thing.
In this story, we see pigs who were just minding their business and suddenly demons possessed them. They went into the water and drowned. When people saw this, they went and told others what they had seen. And they were fearful.
Jesus had a talk with the man with the demons. He told him to go tell others what God had done for him. I’m guessing he did that. And we should, too. –Chad Hershberger
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