Prayer: Dear God, thank you for feeding us for our journey. May we feel comfort in your care and strength for what we are to do next. Amen
Reading: I Kings 19: 1-4, (5-7), 8-15a (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: We all know what comfort food is. Macaroni and cheese casserole, chicken pot pie, meatloaf, and chocolate top many lists. (Though I do happen to know one person who does not like meatloaf.) What is your comfort food? When do you need it most? Could you go for some right now? Are you feeling better already?
Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. He went into the wilderness, sat down under a tree and told God he may as well die as he was going to be a goner anyway. He fell asleep exhausted.
What happened next? Comfort food at the hand of an angel who woke him. Cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. He ate and fell back to sleep. The angel woke him again and encouraged him to eat more. Leftover comfort food is even better the second time. That food gave Elijah strength for what was ahead: more journeying through the wilderness until finally the Lord spoke to him, appeared to him and told him what to do next. --Ruth Gates
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