Prayer: As we serve others, be our guide, dear Lord. Amen.
Reading: Hebrews 5:1-10 (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: This week, we’ve been looking at being a servant. We talked about how when you are a servant, you should expect no recognition for your deeds. We also talked about how as a Christian servant, we still should be growing in our own faith so that we can be strong to serve others. Another important asked of servanthood is that is a calling from God.
That’s my takeaway from our scripture reading for today. We are called by God to serve others. Just as we are called to our vocations, avocations, being parents, spouses, children, and the like, we are also called to be servants. As Children of God, perhaps this is our greatest calling. Asking our fellow humans, “How can I serve you?” is one of the greatest things we can do.
During staff training, we often hear our Chaplain to the Staff tell of a White House worker who greeted Jackie Kennedy following her husband’s assassination. His words to her were simply, “How can I serve you?” In those simple words, she knew that he was sympathetic to what she was going through and wanted to help. He wanted to serve.
Who are the people that you will ask this question today? What will you do to serve others today? How can I serve you? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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