Prayer: God of the hills and valleys, you are with us in high times and low times. You are always with us. Help us to see your glory and majesty in the dark days and humble us to see the needs of others when we are feeling awesome. Amen.
Reading: Jonah 4 (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: This text makes me laugh and keeps me humble. I can laugh at Jonah because he is so ridiculously fickle and cynical. I am humbled by thinking of so many times when I didn’t realize how arrogant and uncaring I was.
Today is Martin Luther’s birthday. Today is someone else’s birthday. Everyday there are celebrity birthdays, birthdays of someone we know, and birthdays of a stranger. There is always a reason to celebrate. I am also mindful of people that don’t know their birthday or have never been sung to. What if we treated each other like today could be a special day for them (instead of always only counting down to our own special days)?--Andrew Fitch
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