Prayer: We pray the prayer of faith through all of life together. (James 5: 13-20)
Reading: James 5: 13-20 (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?
The weatherman tells us we had 28 days of over 90 degree temperatures this summer of 2018. Believe it or not, in 1966 and 2015 we had 40! A lot of us feel miserable and have low energy on those hot, humid days. Sometimes we actually feel ill imagining all sorts of aches and pains. We lose all desire to participate or get involved. Instead, we hunker down in our air-conditioned homes and this is not healthy either.
We struggle with the discomfort of the heat but we survive by asking for God’s help and by caring about those we know who are wilting and weary, too. Call a friend. Ask them to come for a glass of iced tea or lemonade and maybe a cookie or two. It’s okay if they are store bought rather than heating the oven. And where is the most popular spot on a steamy, hot evening? The ice cream shop! There you might see a friend and you can console each other. You just might go home feeling better forgetting your own wilting weariness.
Let's go for ice cream! Let's pray for each other, too.
-- Alice Yeakel
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