Prayer: We cast our cares on you, Lord, hoping to not hook ourselves or anyone else in the process. Thank you for sustaining us. Amen
Reading: I Peter 4: 12-14, 5: 6-11 (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: When I was very little, I would go fishing with my dad and older brothers. They had their fancy fishing poles but I had stick with a key tied to the end of the string. Obviously I never caught anything but that was fine with me as the pointy, sharp fishhook made me very nervous. I was an anxious child. Baiting the hook and taking the caught fish off of it gave me the willies. Even more disturbing was the idea that if you weren't careful casting, you could hook yourself or someone else. No, fishing was not at all for me.
Still I was always amazed (safely at a distance) at how my dad and brothers could cast a line so far. With a skilled swing of the arm and flick of the wrist, that hook (and gooey worm) could sail much further than you would expect.
That is one way to picture casting our cares on the Lord. With practice and skill, your cares may sail further than you expect. Just be careful to not hook anyone. Safely cast those cares away from yourself and others. Then wait and watch. He will sustain you. --Ruth Gates
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