Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to face our doubt with faith and may we always feel your presence. Especially in times of doubt. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 27:45-46 (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: This is a tough topic to write on, but it is something I have been experiencing lately so I wanted to try to reflect on it regardless of how difficult. In this short passage I chose, Jesus is crying out to God in his last moments on the cross, wondering why God had forsaken him and doubting God’s presence. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, I find myself often doubting things, myself, and sometimes even God. Doubting….do I have the motivation to finish this project? Can I pass this exam? Should I look forward to this event, or will it even happen? Where is God in all of this?
But I find faith in the little things. In rainbow at sunset, in friends and family who comfort you after you fail the exam, in a warm campfire, in beautiful flowers, and in God’s provision for everything living creator (even the little fish). I see God in the little moments, and that renews my outlook and I realize that doubt can lead you back to faith. There is doubt time and time again in the bible, before and after the resurrection. If you find yourself weighed down by a season of doubt, look to the little moments that point to the big truth and hope in Jesus Christ.
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