Prayer: Dear God, may we set our faces to you and not be distracted or side-tracked. 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: Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem. Others tried to distract or sidetrack him. One wanted to come along but only after heading another direction first and then going with Jesus. Despite them, Jesus kept going.
I like to travel and often come up with creative plans to get to where I am set on going. I am actually writing this in a Greyhound bus station in Erie, PA having arrived on a bus from Pittsburgh and waiting to transfer to another to Buffalo, NY. I am grateful Andy, my husband, is then picking me up because waiting for another transfer would get me to Rochester after midnight.
Why the trouble? Well, because of an important family gathering in southcentral PA last weekend, I was also within 70 miles of my friends' cabin in WV and I could not pass up the chance to visit there, too. My face was set to go (taking my daughter and her car along on the adventure). Getting back home, however, meant I would need to take Greyhound from where Rachel returned to college and work. This is not my first travel adventure and certainly not my last.
Going to Jerusalem was the last for Jesus yet his face was set. When heading in a direction that is not quite an adventure, I wonder if my face would be so set on going? How about you?
-- Ruth Gates
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