Prayer: Help me to stand with the weary, Lord.
Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9 (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: Nap time! Generally, that’s right after lunch these days. Most days it is just a short snooze. I awaken refreshed and ready to continue the day.
Other times, I also just plain get tuckered out. Those moments when I can’t think through the fog and drowsiness in my brain. When both my body and mind have had it.
But even those moments aren’t what I imagine real weariness is. I imagine weariness to be a state when one just doesn’t know what’s next. Those moments of chronic fatigue and worry. Not having any idea how to survive. Moments when one doubts that God even exists anymore. Perhaps, that is the weary Isaiah speaks about.
The Lord God has given me
the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
How might I “sustain the weary?” With just a word? What word? Or perhaps, by just standing with the one who is so very weary. Just be quiet and stand with a weary one. The Lord will show us what it is we are to do. --Jim Bricker
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