Prayer: Thank you for sending Jesus, common with us, to connect us to you and with each other. 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: These verses are hard to interpret. The inference is we are more alike than we think. We all feel fear, pain, frustration and that can connect us. Jesus walked among us as a humble human. Thus his followers could "connect" with him. As Christians do we "connect" with others? Or are we aloof and think of ourselves better than others?
One of our younger pastors loved to sing (and sang well), especially gospel hymns. Some of the older members said, "We are paying him to preach, not sing." Sometimes the young pastor occasionally expressed his frustration like we all do at times. He also had four children. There were many who liked him because he was so much like us...an ordinary, humble human.
A song, a hug, a pleasant greeting are just a few ways we can connect as common, humble humans; connect as Christ-like Christians.
-- Alice Yeakel
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