Prayer: Help us, God, to forgive as you forgive us. Amen.
Reading: Jonah 4: 1-11 (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: As we begin a new month, we also turn on Fridays to a look at Day 3 of our summer curriculum. This summer, we will be studying “A Love That Never Ends,” looking at how five Old Testament heroes were shown love for God and learning how that love is part of our lives, too. On Wednesdays this summer, we will look at the story of Jonah.
Today, I’d ask you to ponder this story and answer the following questions:
If you have a chance today, go on a walk and look for rocks. Bring your rocks home. Then, think of someone who you should forgive. Carry this rock in your pocket for a day as a reminder of God’s forgiveness. At the end of the day, share a prayer, thanking God for forgiving us and asking for help in forgiving others. And think about how this lesson will be used this summer to teach our campers to forgive others as God forgives them. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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