Prayer: Lord, when you call today help me to be spontaneous. Amen
Reading: Mathew 4:18-22 (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 month, on Fridays, we’ll look at our Day 5 summer curriculum as part of our theme, “A Love That Never Ends.” To recap, we are looking at heroes of the Old Testament and how God loved them and how that love is in our lives today, too. We’ve looked at Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the Israelites, Jonah, Ruth and Naomi, and finally Jeremiah.
Our reading for today is one of the alternate texts for Day 5, the day we help campers prepare for reentry. We want to send them home looking to share God’s love. And so today’s text.
Immediately!! It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it? As soon as Jesus beckoned them they left—nets, boats and father. There should be a little time to adjust, don’t you think? Poor old dad, left in the boat with nothing but tattered nets. The call of Jesus was compelling to the fishermen in today’s lesson.
We, too, are called. By the same Jesus. Called to what? Catch people? (I must admit I’m not sure what that means.) Love? Forgive? Teach? Be a camp counselor? But today, maybe “what” is not the question. Rather, “when” is the question. And the answer seems to be Now!! Immediately! What things do we put in the way of responding to Jesus’ daily calls? Indeed, time’s awastin’. May Jesus’ call to us today, whatever it is, compel us to spring into action without hesitation. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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