Prayer: Listening God, help us to remember complaining is not our job. Better to be like Job. Amen
Reading: Job 1: 1, 2: 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: There was a woman who owned a little shop and from the minute you stepped inside all she talked about were her aches and pains. How could one person have so much to complain about? She looked perfectly healthy and managed her little shop well. I was perhaps 10 or 12 years old at the time and felt quite sorry for her.
Today, I have a widowed friend who has also lost two of her children and has more aches and pains than seems fair. But she never complains. Just keeps plodding along. I liken her to Job.
-- Alice Yeakel
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