Prayer: Dear Father of us all, as you welcome us as your children, may we always remember to welcome the children in our lives. Amen
Reading: Mark 9: 30-37 (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: The photo broke hearts. Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian refugee, was found lifeless on the beach in southwest Turkey and sparked international outrage over Europe’s migrant crisis. The Turkish police officer prayed the little boy was alive as he approached and picked up Aylan. “Words cannot describe what a sad and tragic sight it was.” There are no words. We just cried.
I have no words for today’s Camp Mount Luther GROW Time – First Light. Just these from our text today:
(Jesus) took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Mark 9: 36, 37
--Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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