Prayer: Shepherd, may we entrust our lives to you. Amen
Reading: I Peter 2: 19-25 (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: There is a line in the movie, Babe, in which the old sheep tells the hapless, hopeless, soon to be Christmas dinner duck, "The way things are is the way things are." to which the duck quacks back, "Well, the way things are stinks!"`
Our text today talks of enduring suffering, particularly enduring when you do right and suffer for it. Like the duck who was anticipating suffering simply because he was a duck, so there will be times when as people following in Christ's footsteps according to the example he set, we will feel like the way things are stinks.
The duck ran/flew away from the farm and returned when the coast was clear...for him. As Christians, by His wounds we have been healed and, if we stray, we have a shepherd and guardian of our souls. The way things are for us is really pretty good. --Ruth Gates
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