Prayer: We heard your words, O Lord, and look forward to the best that is to come. Amen.
Reading: Luke 21: 25-36 (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: Fig newtons. I like them. An not necessarily the name-brand kind. I think the generic ones are even better.
When I was a camp counselor, our director also liked fig newtons. But she also knew the fig newton dance. That was a little before my time. But we laughed when we talked about fig newtons. In fact, I just laughed out loud because fig newtons are, well, a funny name.
Winter. I don’t like winter. I think I suffer from that seasonal affected disorder or whatever it is called. When the days get short and I don’t see sunlight, my mood is affected.
But Jesus reminds us, through the fig tree, that the summer will come. We will appreciate it more if we go through the dark winter. The next time you see a fig newton, be reminded that better things are to come. Jesus promises it, so let’s believe it!
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