Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on May 25, 2013.
Prayer: Help us, God, to make time for you each and every day. Amen.
Reading: Ephesians 2: 14 (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?
What are things in your life that slow you down?
What do you do with times like those?
Reflection: For several years, I lived in a town that was split in half by train tracks. When a train came through the city, the one end of the town was cut off from the other. Everything came to a standstill on the roads leading through the town. Everyone had to wait for the train.
One night I was coming home and a train was passing through town. I had to sit for ten minutes or more waiting for the train to pass. I had a particularly bad day. I had been going at a busy pace all day and was stressed out. The train made me stop, collect my thoughts, and slow down for a few minutes. It was welcomed relief.
We all need trains in our lives—those things that make us slow down and appreciate life, especially during hectic days. Those hectic days often are days when tempers flare, hours grow long, and confrontation mounts. During those hectic days (or string of hectic days) we need trains that make us stop and find a few moments of peace. The passage above also reminds us of that which is divided is already made whole through Christ.
Appreciate the trains in your life. And feel refreshed as the caboose passes by! --Chad Hershberger
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