Prayer: Let water rain down upon the seeds that are sown, God, and may we see the fruit of our work. Amen.
Reading: Mark 4: 20 (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: Camp is God’s good ground. It is the place where campers come to grow in Christ and strengthen their faith in their Lord and create new relationships with others who believe in Christ. The ground at camp is very fertile.
As our staff really gets started next week, and we welcome our first groups of campers, there will be days that our counselors will be unsure if they got into the right line of work this summer. They may have a camper that has behavioral problems or a whole cabin of kids who just don’t seem to want to listen. They may even pulling out their own hair! Or, they may feel like they are having problems teaching the kids about the faith and that the Bible lessons are not just getting through to them. We all know that is an important part of their job but they may feel like they aren’t doing what they are supposed to be doing because the campers just don’t seem to get it.
But we will rest assured that our job this summer is to plant seeds. We share the faith, tell Bible stories, and impart wisdom of important lessons to our campers. It is God’s job to water those seeds and for your work to bear fruit. We may not see that fruit while are campers are here, but we know that our work is important and will bear fruit in time. The campers we serve this summer will remember their summer camp experience and will put into practice what they have learned. It may take time, but our efforts and God’s influence will bear fruit in time.
Please pray for the 2017 Summer Ministry Team this weekend as we get into full gear on Sunday. Pray that God will water the seeds that we sow and that our work will bear fruit in God’s time. --Chad Hershberger
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