Prayer: Give us today our daily bread, heavenly Father, and provide for all our needs. Amen.
Reading: Joshua 5:9-12 (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 Lent, I’ve been reflecting more on the Lord’s Prayer. I try to pray it daily and often words in it strike me in new ways as I try to mediate on its contemporary meaning.
In our story today, we are reminded of the Israelites who had finished their wanderings. God provided for them daily bread in the form of manna. But now, the manna stopped. And they could like off the land and harvest the crops of Canaan.
In both cases, God provided. God provided manna. God provided crops in Canaan. God made sure the Israelites, God’s chosen people, had what they needed.
And God makes sure we, as children of God, are provided for. Today, I challenge you to pray the Lord’s Prayer and think about the line, “Give us this day our daily bread.” What is the daily bread that God is providing for you? Give thanks to the Lord for all the good things God provides! --Chad Hershberger
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