Prayer: Inviting Lord, though we come with nothing, you provide us with everything. Thank you. Amen
Reading: Isaiah 55: 1-9 (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: I had a dream last night that I was trying to get on a train but I was late and it was nearly ready to pull out. Seeing my hurry, the person at the ticket counter said just get on and pay then. It was then I realized I did not have any money to pay either at the counter or on-board. My wallet was...somewhere...I don't know. My first thought was I could run back to wherever, get my wallet, find a bus to take me to the next train station and try to catch it there. Don't ask me how it ended. It was a dream.
The Psalmist writes:
Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters:
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Psalm 55: 1
What if I could have gotten on the train with no money? What if even once on the train I did not have to pay? Instead, I missed the whole trip. God invites us all to a free and rich banquet. Come! All aboard!
-- Ruth Gates
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