We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on April 25, 2016.
Prayer: May we trust in you to take us where we need to be, Heavenly Father. Amen.
Reading: John 14:23-29 (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: Put yourself in the shoes of a disciple who hears Jesus speak these words. Jesus is telling them about something that is going to happen. In literature, that’s called foreshadowing. I bet the disciples were a little bit confused and unsure about what Jesus was saying.
We have the advantage of knowing the rest of the story and know how the Spirit comes down and dwells with us. We know that Jesus goes the Father and life is good. But at the time, those disciples probably were wondering what the heck Jesus was telling them.
Sometimes, we may be unsure of the future. We may not understand what signs we are seeing that will lead us where we need to be. But God knows. And we can trust God’s foreshadowing!
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