Prayer: May we be generous in your sight, O Lord. Fill us with a giving heart. Amen.
Reading: Mark 12: 38-44 (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: When Jesus tells his disciples to sell all their stuff and follow him, it is astonishing. How could we get rid of all we owned and just follow Jesus around the countryside?
In our story today, it’s another case of giving up everything for Jesus. The widow put all she had in the form of change into the treasury. Did she do that without worry? Who knows. But I bet she was a little apprehensive about giving all that she had, not knowing what was next.
This is a story of faith. If she didn’t worry, it’s because she had faith that God would take care of her. Today, reflect on if you could do this. If not, why not? How might your faith be strengthened?
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