Prayer: Be the light in our darkness, Jesus. Amen.
Reading: Mark 13: 24-37 (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: Late this summer, a good portion of the United States experienced the solar eclipse. As I watched coverage on TV, I was amazed at how dark it got where “totality” was experienced and the fact that even the crickets started to chirp because it was dark!
This passage reminded me of the eclipse because it says that when Jesus comes, it will be dark and then Jesus will bring us light. Mark also says that we need to be watchful for Jesus’ coming.
In this season of Advent, be ready. Get ready. Jesus is coming! And it may get a little dark, just as the coming winter shortens our days of light. –Chad Hershberger
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