This week we are reprinting prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally printed on November 1, 2017.
Prayer: God, help us to understand now what we can as we draw nearer to you step by step. Thank you for giving us glimpses along the way. Amen.
Reading: I John 3: 1-3 (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?
From the song, The Now and The Not Yet, by Amy Grant
No longer what we were before,
But not all that we will be.
Tomorrow, when we lock the door,
On all our disbelieving,
And He appears (Holy, Holy)
He'll draw us near
and we'll be changed by His glory
Wrapped up in his glory....
We will be like Him,
for we shall see Him,
As he is.
But I'm caught in between
The now and the not yet;
Sometimes it feels like forever and ever,
That I've been reaching to be all that I am,
But I'm only a few steps nearer,
Yet I'm nearer...
I John 3: 1-3 is a bit confusing at first read through but this song came to my mind. This is how I make sense of these verses. There are things I don't know now but will someday; not yet what I want to be but getting nearer. It clarifies The Now and The Not Yet of I John 3: 1-3. I’m grateful for that glimpse. --Ruth Gates
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