Prayer: Dear God, we think we are in charge and we can make things happen. May we remember that it is with your love and by your strength that we do your work with our hands. Our help is from you. Amen
Reading: Luke 7: 1-10 (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: A centurion had a servant who was ill. When he heard Jesus was coming into town, he sent for help. At first he wanted Jesus to come and heal his slave. Then, on second thought, he sent the message to Jesus, "Don't trouble yourself...only speak the word and let my servant be healed." The centurion admitted he is a man of authority who can order people around with "Go (there)!", "Come (here)!" and ""Do this!" He was a man in charge who could make things happen with a word but he knew he could not heal his servant. So he called, "Help!" Jesus, amazed at the centurion's faith, healed the servant without even going to the house.
How often do we go around thinking we are in charge? Making things happen in a kind of bossy way? Perhaps we need to remember that it is only with God's love and by His strength that we do His work with our hands. Our help is from God. --Ruth Gates
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