Prayer: May we be bold, Jesus, in spreading the news of your deeds. Amen.
Reading: Luke 7:11-17 (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 are several places in scripture when Jesus does something spectacular and he says, “Don’t go tell anyone.” In our story today, Jesus brings a man back to life. He helps out a widow whose life probably at that moment felt like the end of the world. He tells her to stop crying and bam! Her son is resurrected.
The people were astonished. And, they spread the word about Jesus. In this case, Jesus did not tell them to remain silent. Word spread, probably like wildfire, throughout the region.
Imagine if that happened today! Would it be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, etc.? Would there be eyewitness accounts? I’m sure there would. But wait! Shouldn’t there be those today anyway? Shouldn’t we be sharing with others when we see Jesus in our every day walks? Shouldn’t we rejoice (even online) when God’s work is happening today? Let’s get this word about him spreading throughout our regions and all the surrounding country! --Chad Hershberger
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