Prayer: Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong; they are weak but he is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so. Amen.
Reading: Mark 10: 2-16 (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: Oh boy, the text for today goes from Divorce to The Little Children and Jesus. Do you blame me for wanting to stick to the second half of the lesson? This is a time I am glad I am not a pastor who has to write a sermon every week.
So, how about that little girl in Washington, DC last week who somehow got beyond the barricade because she had a message to give the Pope? The security personnel tried to shoo her back to the crowd but the Pope gestured and called her toward him. She received a Papal blessing, the crowd cheered, her message was heard and the world took notice.
(Jesus said) “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10: 14
What is your message? What is holding you back? Jump that barricade. God loves and welcomes all his children. Pray that prayer. You will be heard. As we all do just that, the world will take notice. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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