Reading: I Thessalonians 5: 16-24 (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: If you read no other verse in this passage, read the last 6 words of verse 21.
“Hold fast to what is good.”
Such a basic, simple statement!
We are in the midst of the Christmas Season. Opportunities are all around us to DO ‘‘good”, to BE “good’’. We tell our young children you better be “good” or Santa won’t come.
Good is such a small word. But what an impact it can have. A smile, a hug, a phone call, a little package of home-baked cookies, a jar of jelly.
So let us all hold fast to what is good….not just during Christmas but all year round. --Alice Yeakel