Prayer: Grant us your spirit, O Lord, that we may proclaim your goodness.
Reading: Numbers 11:24-30 (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: “The spirit rested on them.” God’s spirit empowers God’s people. In this passage, we witness God’s spirit resting on the folks in the desert. And they prophesied. They witnessed to the goodness of God. Even amid a grumbling community.
I think of the last baptism I was privileged to celebrate. Two boys whose parents are best friends. Great fun! The human relationships always make this kind of celebration exciting. But, here’s when I get charged up: My thumb dips into the stock of oil and draws a cross on the child’s forehead with these words— “You have been sealed with the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever.” This little child is empowered by God’s spirit. Forever!!
Me, too. You, also. The spirit rest upon us and in us. We are empowered by God to prophesy (that’s a scary word) to share God’s love. Let’s do it! --Jim Bricker
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