We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on August 31, 2015.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we are glad your presence is not a secret to us. We can find you if we only look. Thank you. Amen
Reading: Mark 7: 24-27 (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: Jesus had just gotten done dealing with the Pharisees and teachers of the law. He had just gotten done explaining about what is clean and unclean. Jesus the man just wanted to be alone so he left town. He went to a house in Tyre and did not want anyone to know it.
Yet, he could not keep his presence a secret. Word got out to one woman who must have been waiting, watching and listening for him. As soon as she heard, she was there to find Jesus. It took being on the lookout, persistent and faithful, but she got what she wanted.
Today, Jesus the Savior does not keep his presence a secret from us. But, if he did, would we be on the lookout, persistent and faithful? Keep looking. Jesus is here for us.
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