Prayer: Heavenly guest, help us to hasten to prepare for you with us and take the time to hear your message. Amen
Reading: Genesis 18: 1-15 (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: As I read the story of the three visitors to Abraham and Sarah, I wondered how fast I could get a meal on the table if unexpected guests arrived. The easy way would be to order take out or pizza delivery. This, however, was not an option for our Biblical host and hostess. Instead, Abraham had to run to the herd, pick out a calf and give it to his servant who hastened to prepare it. Meanwhile, Sarah quickly measured flour, kneaded and made cakes.
Sometimes when service is slow in a restaurant, customers jokingly, or perhaps impatiently, comment, "Did they have to go out back and kill the cow?" Well, that is exactly what Abraham had to do. Something tells me the three visitors did not grumble like restaurant patrons. They understood the time it takes even with haste put into preparations. That was fast food in Old Testament times. Whatever time it takes, perhaps most important is the message shared in the visit. --Ruth Gates
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