We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on November 9, 2015.
Prayer: Help us keep our minds in the present, God, and know you will take care of the future. Amen.
Reading: Mark 13:1-8 (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: It’s November and Advent is approaching. But before we get to the annual season of preparation for Christ’s birth, our lectionary readings take us to the end times. This is the time of year that we read in the Bible after what will happen when the world ends.
Jesus gives us some insight into that in this passage. The disciples want to know more. “Can you be more specific?” they might have asked. They were curious. And so am I.
But, I think it is better to focus on the positive and the present. Where do you see God today? How can you make the world a better place now? If we get so wrapped up in what will happen in the end, we may miss the beauty of this day. Know that God will take care of us. And enjoy today what God has given us.
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