Oh, the Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord;
for giving me, the things I need;
the sun and the rain and the appleseed.
The Lord is good to me. 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: (Jesus said,) "I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds." John 12: 24
You can count how many seeds there are in one apple but you cannot count how many apples are in one seed. Think about it. One apple has a certain number of seeds. But one seed planted and grown into a tree produces countless apples with seeds each of which can produce more countless apples.
Jesus, predicting his death, explains when a kernel of wheat falls to the ground, it dies but produces many seeds. Let's say countless seeds same as the appleseed. Jesus knew he would soon be gone but the seeds of faith planted in his followers were growing and would produce more seeds and so on and so on.
Johnny Appleseed, a man of faith, knew that about the appleseeds he planted. We know that about the seeds of faith we scatter. The next time I sing that familiar, favorite camp grace, I will remember we aren't just talking apples! --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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