Prayer: God, as you show no partiality, we learn to live together in our differences and create beauty together. Amen
Reading: Mark 3: 20-25 (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: God shows no partiality! That was the theme of our Easter morning sermon. We were urged to live in peace. Why is this so hard? It is alright to disagree. It is okay to dress differently, eat different foods, and enjoy different music.
A chorus blends the voices of bass, tenor, alto and soprano. An orchestra blends stringed instruments, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Together, they are magnificently inspiring. They are individually humbling as parts alone but simply cannot create the harmonies. And, there are many different colors in a box of crayons. When used in a drawing a beautiful picture is created.
Wouldn't if be great if we could create a beautiful world through our different words and deeds together?
-- Alice Yeakel
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