Prayer: Lord, help us to trust you in good times and bad.
Reading: Joel 2:23-32 (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: Not too long ago we were praying for rain here is Central Pennsylvania. Folks in Florida and North Carolina are glad the rain has stopped after hurricane Matthew. We go through cycles, it seems, of wet and dry. Not enough rain, too much rain, just right. The ancient prophet Joel experienced that, too.
We give God thanks for providing the conditions we need to provide for all the things necessary for life. In fact, we have been blessed way beyond just the things necessary for life. Joel reminds to give God thanks. But even more, Joel references those adverse times. When there is not enough rain. When drought seems to be getting ready to do us in.
Just as we turn to God in the good times, we are encouraged to trust God in the bad times, too. Remember to give thanks and trusting God in the rough times. --Jim Bricker
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