Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on September 22, 2013.
Prayer: As we go through life’s journeys, may we see the good in the periods of waiting. Amen.
Reading: James 5: 7-9 (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: When I was a kid, I enjoyed visits to my grandparent’s farm. It was fun there—we could play in the haystacks, feed milk to the stray cats, and watch the cows get milked. We played in the old chicken coop once in awhile. It was also a treat to ride the tractor with my cousin Steve who would go and get the cows out of the fields each evening.
The trip to Grammy and Pappy’s was long—over three hours. Often it was very hard to be patient until we got there. At a young age, trains fascinated me. If I fell asleep during the trip to the farm, I told my parents to wake me up if we were near any trains. I liked to see those trains!
My dad grew up on the farm. As we were traveling through the countryside, often we would smell the odor of manure. My dad called it “fresh country air.” I’m sure that smell took him back to his childhood, down on the farm!
On these trips, my sister and I could usually predict what our grandmother would have to eat when we got there- sloppy joes. She also made really good chocolate chip cookies and we would hope that she had time to make a batch.
A trip to the farm was almost always a good experience. It took awhile to get there, but once we were there, we had a good time. We all need to learn to be patient in our lives. There usually is something good on the way when we are! --Chad Hershberger
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