Prayer: We know you are with us, Lord, in our suffering.
Reading: Hebrews 4:14 - 5:9 (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: This Holy Week, several of our readings deal with the “Suffering Servant.” We are reminded that God understands our pain. Jesus came to this earth and suffered at the hands of his accusers. He suffered the pain of death. We remember that this week.
As I write this, I have learned in the last day of two deaths of people who were loved by many. I know it is hard for their families and friends to know that they are gone. They are feeling the pain of losing someone for whom they cared. But, they also know that God walks with them in their sorrow. God knows their pain.
Jesus suffered at the end of his earthly life. “Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” We’ll get to see that part of the story on Sunday! --Chad Hershberger
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