Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the strength that comes from your glorious power. Help us to endure everything with patience. With joy we share in the light of the saints. Amen
Reading: Colossians 1: 1-18 (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?
May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. Colossians 1: 11-12
June was a long month and I cannot tell you how glad I am to be here at Camp Mount Luther this first week of July for Family Camp. Sitting on the front porch of Maple 6 writing this devotion is a testament to being made strong with the strength that comes from God's power. Things happened in June which had to be endured but we did so with patience. We are joyfully giving thanks as we share with the saints this week who happen to be Camp friends old and new. I cannot think of a better prayer to pray than all that Paul puts forth in this first 18 verses of his letter to the people of Colossae.
I encourage you to read it again. I know I will at the end of this day when this devotion comes to me by email. In the meantime, I think I will joyfully share in the light of the campers at the pool. But first a walk to the Evergreen Center where I will find a cool, refreshing glass of iced tea (and WiFi will enable me to upload this for you all). --Ruth Gates
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