Prayer: As we journey toward our destination, help us to see you along the way, O Lord. Amen.
Reading: Exodus 12: 33-42 (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: Last week, I told the story about how we reenacted the Exodus when I was a senior high camper at Mount Luther. A few years later, I had a similar experience, but this time when I was in college.
My roommate and I decided that we would walk from our dorm room to the local Hoss’ Steak House. We both were in the mood for a good steak and since we weren’t allowed to have cars on campus as freshmen, we thought we’d walk to the restaurant. Neither of us thought it was very far.
We started walking out College Avenue in State College and went over the first hill. The restaurant was not yet in sight. We continued to walk over the second hill. Still no Hoss’. Needless to say the walk was a lot longer than either of us thought. But there was no turning back—we continued to walk until we go there. And then, of course, we had to talk back to our dorm!
We had the prize in sight—our steaks! The Israelites had the promised land in sight but they weren’t sure (like us) how far they had to go. We at least knew that it was on the street we were walking. The Israelites were going blind.
We don’t know where life will lead us. But along the journey, look around you for signs of God. God is with you and will help you as you strive for the prize! --Chad Hershberger
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