Prayer: Dear God, help us to look squarely at that which frightens or hurts us so we may grow in strength rather than wallow in impatience and complaining. Amen
Reading: Numbers 21: 4-9 (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: The Israelites were complaining...again. Impatient with the round about journey, thirsty and tired of the same old food. Why did you bring us out here in the wilderness to die? Moaning and groaning until...the snakes arrived. Mind you, they were asking Moses why he brought them into the wilderness to die but they weren't dying yet...until the snakes arrived. Oh the Israelites, contrite and requesting now, pray the Lord will take the snakes away from them!
Well, God did not take the snakes away. Instead, he told Moses to make a snake and put it on a pole. Anytime anyone was bit by a snake, look at the snake on the pole and live. It worked. Of course it did!
We moan and groan about this or that and then a big, bad something happens and puts everything in perspective. Take it away, God! But that doesn't always happen. Sometimes we have to look right at what is plaguing us. By the grace of God, yes, God is with us. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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