Prayer: Gracious and giving God thank you for all you have given us. Help us be prepared for what is to come. Let us stay awake, be wise, and be vigilant as we await your coming. May we constantly help others and teach them about you. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 25:1-13 (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: As I read this text I hope I am one of the wise bridesmaids and not a foolish one. I hope you are one of the wise too. I always try to be prepared and ready. I know I over pack when I go anywhere. Sometimes I have too much prepared for events and classes.
I hope we all will be ready for the kingdom of heaven. Before that time comes though I believe we all need to help others so our loved ones and neighbors will not be the foolish bridesmaids in the story. That might even be a part of being prepared. It helps us stay awake since we do not know the hour or day when the kingdom of heaven will be at hand. --Charlene Rineer
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