Prayer: Listening God, no matter how dark it gets, may we always know we can talk to you. Amen.
Reading: Job 23: 1-9; 16-17 (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?
(Job said), “Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.” Job 23: 17
A friend of mine is living through a very dark time. Her husband has been diagnosed with cancer a second time in less than a year and may have less than a year to live. Yet she continues to give her time and energy in serving others, particularly organizations in which her children are involved.
However, as always, there are complainers and one commented critically about something my friend did as not being “fair”. I do not know how my friend responded but I am sure she handled it with grace. Later, in an email to me, she wrote, “…but I hate to say this (I'm in a pretty good spot to voice this)...life is not fair all the time. You take it in the nose sometimes and make the best of it another time.”
She is taking it in the nose right now. That is for sure. So was Job. Both faint-hearted and terrified, yet not silenced by the darkness. Let us all remember, no matter how thick the darkness becomes, we can still talk to God. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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