Prayer: We give you thanks, Lord, that you are generous. Teach us to be more generous with what you have given us. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 20:1-16 (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 my children have a race up the stairs for bath time, one usually gets upset that they are last. And so a long time ago, I taught them the teaching from this Bible story- “the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.” I did that to help them to realize that they don’t always have to be first. That being last is okay, too. Usually, I think they buy that it is from the Bible and so it’s okay!
Think about it, though. What is Jesus telling us here? God’s logic is not always what we think it should be. Jesus is saying here that whether you are one of God’s children for years upon years or you are a new convert, you are loved and seen precious in God’s sight. God is very generous with God’s love. What a blessing that is to us! How generous are we with the love and all that God has given us? Ponder that today. –Chad Hershberger
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