Prayer: You call us to follow you, Lord. May we be quick to answer and ready to do your will. Amen
Reading: I Kings 19: 15-16, 19-21 (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: Once again I find myself in a schedule of travel every other week for a month or so. The suitcase comes out of the closet and goes back in again. I begin to wonder if I should just keep it out. Pack for a trip, go away, come back, do the laundry and repack it all back in again for the next trip. That would simplify the process and I would always be ready. Packed ahead and ready.
Elijah set out to find Elisha to anoint him to be prophet in Elijah's place. Elisha was plowing with his oxen and asked if he could go home first to say good-bye to his family. Elijah took this as being half-hearted but Elisha did follow and become Elijah's servant and disciple. He was ready.
How can we be quick to answer a call to do God's will? We journey best in this life with faith, hope and love; keeping prayer and trust in our hearts always. Packed ahead and ready.
-- Ruth Gates
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