Prayer: Forgiving Father, thank you for embracing us after we have faltered. Remind us to welcome back the wandering. Amen
Reading: Luke 15: 1-3, 11b-32 (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: When our children were growing up the neighborhood was overflowing kids...namely 11 boys. It was almost comical watching them troop down the hill and across town to the schools. They played a lot of backyard baseball and were pretty much good guys but one or two tended to be rowdy.
Years later one of them as a young adult got into a bit of trouble. I, and others, just could not give up on him. We knew that down deep he was still a good guy. He remains in the area and has regained respect and volunteers with community projects.
This is God’s teaching: that we should welcome and embrace the return of those who have faltered and wandered off.
-- Alice Yeakel
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