Prayer: Dear God, may we have salt in ourselves and peace with each other. Amen
Reading: Mark 9: 38-50 (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: As Christians, we are to be the salt of the earth. Salt adds flavor, preserves what would otherwise spoil, melts places that are frozen and does so much more. Salt makes a difference! Like the man in the beginning of our reading for today who was driving out demons in Jesus's name, we are to make a difference. We are to be doing God's work with our hands and giving God the glory.
The disciples weren't so sure about this, however, and asked Jesus if this man should be stopped. Jesus explained, "No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me." (Mark 9: 39) Good point. Who, after doing God's work, would then say things against God? More likely, having served by loving God and loving others, there comes a peace within ourselves and with others.
Let's be salt and make a difference. Let's give God the glory and be at peace. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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