Prayer: Lord, your peace alone is what satisfies us. Thank you for leaving us your peace so our hearts are not troubled or afraid. Amen
Reading: John 14: 8-17 (25-27) (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: Our text today begins with Philip saying to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." The usual "if this, then that" deal. Philip thinks if he could just see God plain as day, then he would be content. Jesus answered, "If you have seen me, then you have seen the Father." This should satisfy Philip. For awhile at least.
Jesus knows Philip needs more. So Jesus tells of the promise of the Holy Spirit. There will come a time when Philip can no longer see Jesus but Philip will still know the presence of God. Philip will be satisfied always and we can be, too.
There may be times when we think if we could see God plain as day, then we would be satisfied. But these verses which begin with an "if this, then that" deal from a disciple end with a solid promise of peace from Jesus. Our hearts are not troubled or afraid. Satisfied? Better - at peace! --Ruth Gates
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