Reading: Romans 8: 6-11 (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: Ever notice that after doing a Google search for an item, advertisements for that item start popping up on your Facebook feed? I bought a hotplate on Amazon.com before Christmas and for days after that, everywhere I went on-line, there were hotplate ads. Actually, before I even made the purchase, amazon was telling me other people who bought that hot plate also bought this piece of cookware. So I did! It was not a useful pot at all. Not only did I fall for the marketing, I had to pay for the shipping back.
What if what we set our minds on becomes what we see more of in the days after? What if what we set our minds on brings suggestions of other things to think about? Romans tells us when we set our minds on the Spirit, there is life and peace. With the Spirit in mind, put life and peace in your "shopping cart" and it will fill up with more of the same with no need to ship anything unwanted back. --Ruth Gates