Prayer: Help us to go where you send us, God. Amen.
Reading: Genesis 12:1-9 (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: Abram is just hanging out and God says to him, “Pack up and move. Go to a new place that I’ll show you. I’m going to bless you.” So Abram went. He was 75-years-old. Imagine that. In his travels, he arrived at the Oak of Moreh. God says to him there that the land will be his children’s. “Okay,” says Abram. I’m going to keep walking and set up camp.
I can imagine putting my name in that story in place of Abram’s name. I’m sure I would find all kinds of reasons not to go. I consider myself a faithful person, but I’m not sure I’d just pack up and go. I’d probably be more like Jonah than Abram and try to avoid leaving and going to a new place.
But Abram listens and follows God’s orders. And he is blessed. May my faith grow like Abram’s faith. May I listen and respond to God’s call. –Chad Hershberger
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