Prayer: May our seeds of love grow in hope and bloom in faith. 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: An article in our morning paper gave lengthy, detailed advice how to plant seeds for an abundant crop. Our neighbor threw the remains of a butternut squash on his compost heap. The following summer he had a bumper crop of butternut squash and a plentiful harvest to share with his neighbors.
How does this relate to our scripture passage for today? Jesus’ enemies tried to rid the world of His presence but Jesus tells us in verses 23 & 24 “my death will provide many new kernels of wheat”.
God’s kingdom flourishes even though his Word sometimes gets “thrown on the compost heap”. We must nurture and care for the seeds of His kingdom and spread their harvest throughout our neighborhood and to all the world. -- Alice Yeakel
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