Prayer: Lord, give me the courage to follow Jesus. Amen.
Reading: John 12:20-33 (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: We continue today looking at this summer’s curriculum, “La Frontera.” Today’s text is an alternate story for Day 3. This is not an easy text. Jesus is on route to his crucifixion. He invites us to follow him. I say, “No, thanks,” and certainly not to death. But maybe we could be less self-centered and more thoughtful and caring about others. Maybe we could look outward to the needs of the world and look less inward to my needs. Maybe we could give up some frivolous things that others can have essential things. Maybe…
Follow Jesus? What do you think? --Jim Bricker
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