Prayer: As you welcome us always, may we welcome others into our lives and times. Then we are welcoming you in our hearts, too. 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?
Reflection: I am behind in my writing and really need to make the most of my time while riding the bus home from work today. However, when you ride the bus regularly you start to get to know people and they want to talk. Today my afternoon bus friend wants to talk about his diabetes, his rent going up and his 91 year old co-worker in the soup kitchen. Truth be told, I am intrigued about the 91 year old who still works at a soup kitchen. I want to be that person! Tell me more.
I will listen and not get much writing done today. Perhaps that is how I can welcome someone today. Listen when I really don't have the time. Listen when I have other things to do. Listen to someone who may not have anyone to talk to. Most people on the bus do tend to look lonely. Today's lesson tells us when we welcome others, we welcome God.
(I managed to write this once my bus buddy got off at a stop before mine. He said he'll see me next time. Come to think of it, I guess he welcomed me today. And we both welcomed God.) --Ruth Gates
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