Prayer: Gracious and Almighty God thank you for what you have given us. Help us use our gifts to help others. May we be humble as we are serving others in your name. Amen.
Reading: Mark 10:35-45 (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 Bible text I always think about how arrogant James and John were. Who are they to ask to sit on either side of Jesus? I share in the other’s disciples indignant. What Jesus teaches them after this conflict is great for all to live by – serve. For the past 8 summers we have held a mini mission week at our church for children in elementary school. The children are very eager to participate in the various projects that we do to help others. This past summer we talked about how we can be peacemakers. Some of the words we kept coming back to were being humble, loving, and having a servant heart. I truly hope the children’s eagerness to serve and help others will continue as they grow. I know, for me, I am at my best when I am serving others.
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