Prayer: Help me to scatter good seed today. Amen.
Reading: Mark 4:26-34 (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: What an interesting image, especially this time of the year. Gardens and farms are growing. Crops are springing up. Several harvests of grass have already been cut and put away for the cattle’s winter meals. Much more to come.
Jesus says, that’s sort of what God’s kingdom is like. Seeds are scattered, sprout and grow. He doesn’t say what seeds are sown. The emphasis I think is on the idea that first one must scatter the seed. Nothing grows without the scattering. So, this day think of yourself as a scatterer. Scatter good seed and watch it grow into what God wants it to be.
(This is the second week of staff training. Please keep praying for the summer staff.)
--Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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