Prayer: We are thirsty, Lord, for even the smallest kinds of togetherness. Welcome us into your arms of love as we welcome others with our hearts. Amen
Reading: Matthew 10: 40-42 (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?
A cup of water, a minute or two of your time, a hand wave, a smile. Such small gestures. We care and we want to share some small part of ourselves. Social distancing has been so difficult. I wanted to hug my great grandson whom I hadn’t seen since Christmas. I gave him a simple candy bar and his eyes lit up and he gave me a big smile. Another older grandson (who lives 400 miles away) I haven’t seen in longer than that. We talk on the phone; sometimes for quite awhile. My neighbor who had heart surgery is encouraged to walk a mile a day. Every morning he raps on my window and we wave to each other.
Jesus said, “…and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple – truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” (Matthew 10: 42) There are small and simple opportunities every day that may be big and important for someone who is lonely and sad. We are thirsty for more than a cup of water. But a cup of water is a very good start.
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