Prayer: We praise you, Lord, while some might want us to be quiet. May it be that even if we were silenced, there would still be praises heard. Amen
Reading: Luke 19: 28-40 (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: Jesus is riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and the crowds are shouting praises. The Pharisees would like things to settle down so they ask Jesus to quiet them. But Jesus says if the people weren't shouting, the stones would. The truth that Jesus is Lord is so obvious and so powerful even rocks would know and proclaim it! Rocks! Really?
Sounds impossible yet there have been times at Camp Mount Luther when the breeze in the trees, the calls of the birds, the drone of the insects and the crackling of the campfire sound very much like praises to me. These are often silent times. Not that the Pharisees had gotten their way but simply because it is quiet in the woods...unless it is filled with young campers! Then it's right back to noise and praising!
(Just to know, there is a time when a rock really does speak. That would be the Weather Rock at camp. If the rock is dry, it says it is not raining. If the rock is wet, it says it is raining. If the rock is warm, it says it is a warm day. If it is cold, it is a cold day. If the rock is in sunshine, it is a sunny day. If it is in shade, it is a cloudy day. Rocks really do say a lot!) --Ruth Gates
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