Prayer: Revealing Lord, thank you for letting us know what we need to know when we truly need to know it. Help us understand and trust your timing. Each moment is a gift. Glory to God! Amen
Reading: John 16: 12-15 (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: My husband has a saying: "Bad news doesn't get better with age." For me, timing is everything when there are difficult things to say. There is truth in both our ways and it takes wisdom to know which is best for each circumstance.
During his last evening with the disciples, Jesus was preparing to leave and trying very hard to explain it to them. He said to them, "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now." If you ask me, that sounds like bad news is coming. If I had been there, my heart would have skipped a beat and there would be a pit in my stomach. That happens sometimes...okay, often....in my life.
Fortunately for the disciples, for me and for all of us, Jesus does not leave us there but gives us the assurance of the Spirit of truth who will guide us into all truth and declare the things to come. It's true. Bad news doesn't get better with age but with timing and truth, God will be glorified. --Ruth Gates
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