Prayer: As we remember the saints this week, Lord, help us to remember Lazarus and the power of resurrection. Amen.
Reading: John 11:1-45 (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: This Sunday, we celebrate All Saint’s Day. It is the day that we remember all those who have come before us in the faith and have passed to the Church Triumphant. We particularly acknowledge those saints who have died in the past year.
In our text for today, we read the story of Lazarus. Jesus comes to visit Lazarus, but he is already dead. He is chastised for not arriving earlier. And then, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.
In reality, the scene that we see here is the scene for all our loved ones who have gone before us. If we believe in the resurrection, those who have died all have this “Lazarus experience.” They are raised from an earthly death to a live with Jesus in heaven.
As we remember this Sunday those saints who have died, remember the story of Lazarus. Imagine your loved one hearing Jesus say, “Arise!” and go with him. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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