Prayer: Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to service the neighbors we have from you. Amen
Reading: Exodus 4:10-11
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.
Undoubtedly, many of the campers will feel uncomfortable about telling their families and friends about the love they experienced at camp. That’s understandable and one of the reasons this conversation between Moses and God is a text for Fridays. If Moses was uncomfortable then it is o.k. for campers to voice hesitancy. And God’s response to Moses is basically, “I’s o.k. Moses. I give you everything you need to do the job.” So, we will encourage campers.
And you, reader, what is your discomfort about talking to others of God’s love in your life? Anything you or I say at this point is just an excuse. God gives us the gifts to speak love in our world. Let’s stop making excuses and get on with it. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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