Prayer: Healing God, keep us safe in your care. 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: A friend's son struggled with mental illness for years. In Jesus' time he may have been like the Gerasene who had demons. Sometimes under watch and care. Sometimes wandering lost in life. My friend's prayer to God was, "Keep him safe." The Gerasene was safe once the demons came out of him and entered a herd of pigs to their destruction. That was not an option for my friend's son. Yet she continued to pray as she trusted God to keep him safe the way He can. As the Gerasene was told to declare how much Jesus had done, my friend will share how her son is safe in God's care.
-- Ruth Gates
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