Prayer: Help us, Lord, to help others and take care of their needs. Amen.
Reading: John 4:3-15, 27-29 (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: Since it’s March, we begin our look at this summer’s Day 3 curriculum. In this story Jesus turns expectations upside down by welcoming a woman who was an outcast. Jesus tells her that he is the source of the water of life and that he came for all people.
What surprises you about this story? Why were the disciples surprised at the end of the story? What do you think they would have expected Jesus to do? The woman came to the well to get water, something that she needed physically, but she ended up learning about Jesus and how he provides for us spiritually as well. Both her physical needs and her spiritual needs were met.
When we find people in our lives who have need, how do we respond? How might their spiritual needs be met as well? What would it take to turn these situations upside down like Jesus did? Try to find someone to help today. –Chad Hershberger
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