Prayer: Help us to listen, God, to you and for us to cry out to you when we need to. Amen.
Reading: Proverbs 1:20-33 (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: Wow! When I read this passage I want to curl up and not do anything. It seems to me that this is a long reprimand. Don’t do that. Don’t do this. You must only do this. But then it is all summed up at the end: “But those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”
We’ve been talking about listening in my home lately. Our kindergartner, adjusting to being a full-time school child, seems to get a little bossy when she is at home. And her parents get upset when she doesn’t listen and do what she is told, even after being asked several times. So, we’ve agreed to try to listen better on both sides and learn to live in harmony as a family. The past few days have been better as we’ve listened to one another.
God is telling us that we need to listen. Listen to what God wants us to do. But also, cry out to God so that God can listen to us as well. And when that happens, there will be harmony in the kingdom! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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