Prayer: Dear God, help us to know what is essential. Thank you for how you provide. Sure enough, it works! Amen
Reading: Mark 6: 1-13 (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 once packed for a last minute three day trip by grabbing only the clothes that had just come through the laundry. Barely folded and not at all organized. It had been three days since I last did laundry so I figured there would be enough essentials and an adequate assortment of the rest. Sure enough, it worked!
When Jesus sent out the Twelve, he gave them a very specific packing list. Actually, he told them to pretty much pack nothing at all except a staff. Oh, and wear sandals - the Biblical equivalent of "good, comfortable shoes for walking". How many times have we read that in travel guides? Jesus kept in mind the Buddy System as he sent them out two by two and he also gave them authority over unclean spirits. Well, that ought to do it then. The Twelve went out, preached, anointed and healed. Sure enough, it worked! --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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