Prayer: Lord, help me to live well and influence others positively.
Reading: Luke 6:20-31 (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: On the eve of All Saint’s Day we read again the great upside down depiction of the world in Christ Jesus. They are really disturbing words for most of us. Blessed are the poor, that’s not me. Hungry—nope, not me. Weep—well sometimes, but laughter almost always comes soon after. No, the “woes” apply more to me than the “blesseds.”
I’m struck by the last “woe.” “Woe to you when all speak well of you.” Most, not all, people speak positively about me. At least that is what I hear. It is gratifying to think that the way you live brings positive remarks from others. Why is it a woe when people speak well of you? “For that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.” Is my life false? Have I misled folks? Are my words true? Do my deeds lead people in the right way? Probably not always. But mostly—is my life good? Do people speak well of me because my life leads them to life in Jesus?
What do you think about your life and how people speak of you? Hopefully we are spoken of well because most of the time we live in Jesus. --Jim Bricker
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