Prayer: Dear God, thank you for knowing the limits of what we can bear and promising the guidance of the Spirit to guide us into truth.
Reading: John 15: 26-27, 16: 4b-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?
(Jesus told his disciples,)“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth." --John 16:12-13a NIV
Sad news has me burdened. I am weary. I know, I know. Things could always be worse but they sure could be better, too. I am reminded of a line from the movie, Babe. One character states, "The way things are is the way things are." to which another character replies, "Well, the way things are stinks!"
This is life and Jesus knows it. So, he comes right out and tells his disciples he has more to tell them but it would be more than they could bear. So he spares them and simply assures them the Spirit of truth will come and guide them into all truth.
That is the same for me today. I simply do not want to bear another burden. I am looking to the Spirit to guide me into all truth. With truth in my heart I will surely know disappointment passes to new opportunities , death is not the end of life and living by faith, hope and love really is the only way to get through the rough patches.
When faced with more than we can bear, perhaps it is simply enough to know that the Spirit who has been at work for thousands of years will be with us today. That'll do. -Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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