Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to remember our home is with you. Thank you for the gift of this life and your love to guide us through. Help us remember to make room for you and for others in our hearts. Amen
Reading: Luke 9: 51-62 (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 sing "Away in a manger, no crib for a bed; the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head." yet our text today tells us "The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." (v. 58b). I guess when you really think about it, a manger is no place for a baby to sleep. There was no room for Mary and Joseph in the inn so Jesus was born in a stable. The baby Jesus had nowhere to lay his head except where the cattle fed. At his death, he was laid in a tomb that belonged to someone else. Sure, in between he grew up in a home and during his ministry he stayed with friends, but Jesus really did not belong to this world.
Neither do we. Our home is with God. We live this life as a gift from God to love others as he loved us. As we make room for God in our hearts, we also make room for others. In loving and being loved, all of us have a place to lay our heads. --Ruth Gates
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