Prayer: Teach me to love all of your critters, O Lord.
Reading: Joshua 24:11-13 (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: So, I’m really curious—what delights you in this text? (I’m actually laughing out loud to myself as I type.) Hornets are nasty critters. And there is a large nest hanging in one of our trees and I don’t know quite what to do about it. It is a young tree and the nest hangs just a little above my head. Surely I’ll get stung the next time I mow. It is sort of close to the road where Amish buggies run all day long. Will the horses bother the hornets and get attacked? What to do. Long range hornet spray seems to be the answer.
But wait. There is just as big a nest in our son and daughter-in-law’s tree. Its way up high, but we look down on it from their back porch. The hornets fly in and out. The common opinion is “they’re not hurting anything.” What am I to do with this hornets’ nest in my front yard?
That wonderful camp song floats in my head among the laughter.
All God’s Critters got a place in the choir,
some sing low, some sing higher.
Some hang out on the telephone wire.
Some build nests in my front yard. I don’t know what to do about the hornets. What do you think? (I’m not laughing out loud any more, just smiling and hoping you are, too.) --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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