Today, we look at a Day 3 text from this year’s summer curriculum, “Transformed Community: God’s Agent of C.H.A.N.G.E.”
Prayer: Jesus! We love you! Jesus! I need you right now. Help me. Heal me. Strengthen me. Make my faith loud and bold. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 20:29-34 (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: Please be quiet. Please use your inside voice. Please lower your voice and be considerate of others…There are so many ways to ask someone to make less noise. This story is a smack on the back of the head for those who think that all those quieting instructions are always valid when approaching Jesus. Places of prayer and worship should not have the same sound level as the public library. Yes, it may help to be quiet for prayer if you really need to get away from distractions and cares of the world to listen to God. When you want God to listen to you, however, loud pleading is alright with Jesus. Ignore the crowd, it may seem embarrassing, but Jesus stops for those who call out his name. Call it out and don’t hold back. If there is any injustice or pain, call out to Jesus. If there is a need in your life for the Deliverer, cry out to the Christ. If someone seems to have lost there voice or has been quieted by the crowd, go stand with them and shout with them—give them a voice. God stops for those who make a faithful, trusting noise. It lets God know the level of trust and shows the crowd that they are actually the ones that need to be quiet and pay attention.
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