Prayer: Help us to be lights, Jesus, just like you are the light of the world. Amen.
Reading: John 9:1-41 (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: This Sunday’s Gospel story is also one of our stories we will be studying this summer at camp. It’s the story of Jesus healing a man born blind. As you read in this passage, Jesus gave the man sight. Jesus said that the was the light of the world and all that follow Him will never walk in darkness but have the light of life.
Imagine what it would be like to be blind. Close your eyes. Is it hard to see? If you wake up in the middle of the night and look around, is it dark? Maybe you have a night light to light your path. Maybe you use a flashlight when it gets dark. Just like those lights light up the night darkness, Jesus lights up the darkness in our world. The Bible is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. By reading the Bible, we learn more about Jesus and how we wants us to live our lives.
One of the things that we should do is to share God’s love with others. That’s how we can share the light of Christ and bring light into a dark world. As you go about your day today, be reminded of the ways you can be light to others. Maybe you’ll even want to sing “This Little Light of Mine” as you let your light shine before others! --Chad Hershberger
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