Prayer: Lord, listen to your children as they pray and cry out to you. Amen.
Reading: Hebrews 5: 5-10 (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: In less than three weeks, it will be Easter. Joy will come in the morning following our Lenten journey. The time of penitence and somber days of this church season will be history for another year.
Our scripture readings during this season also have been talking about Jesus’ journey on earth. Today, as we read this passage, we are reminded that just as we do, Jesus offered up prayers to God. Sometimes those prayers included loud cries and tears. Because Jesus was God’s son, God listened to those cries.
It reminds me that as we cry out, God hears us. God hears what we want. God may not always answer our prayers the way we want God to answer them, but often the answer is even better than we imagined. God has a way of helping things work out just as they ought to work out.
When you cry out in prayer, know that God is listening. O Lord, hear my prayer! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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