Prayer: Help us LORD to hear you speaking to us through all that happens in life. Thank you for hearing our humble prayers for ourselves and others. Your mercy restores us again and again. Amen
Reading: Job 42: 1-6, 10-17 (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 we finish our readings of the past few weeks from the book of Job now at the last chapter, what strikes me is that, of the two sets of verses we read, the first is about humble satisfaction and the second is about fortune restoration. Not the other way around. God visited Job, answered Job's questions about unfairness and Job's response is one of humility. Upright Job who suffered so greatly says he is okay after all. But that's not all. Job prays for his friends and then, yes THEN, he receives two times more what he had before.
Satisfaction before restoration. Sometimes that is the order of things. Along the way pray - for yourself and others.
-- Ruth Gates
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