Today, we look at a Day 4 text from this year’s summer curriculum, “Transformed Community: God’s Agent of C.H.A.N.G.E.”
Prayer: Lord God, you give us work and you created rest. Guide us and lead us to keep a good and holy balance in our lives. Let us praise you in work, play, rest, and everything in between! Amen
Reading: Leviticus 25, especially verses 1-10 (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: “Come on.”
“No, I am not ready to go yet. Just let me do a few more things…”
We sometimes work too hard. Some of us don’t work hard enough. Leviticus and numerous other passages of the Sacred Pages articulate a design for days that center around a good and productively holy balance.
The reality is though, that we don’t really understand the concept of a “Jubilee” year. Even more startling is the reality that we have probably never followed God’s direct command for this drastic and broad reaching reality. This scripture should give us pause to consider the way that God wants us to live is in direct conflict with the way that all societies of the world think that we should conduct business in all forms. Take a break and think about it. Better yet, pray to work (or unwork) towards such an excellent purpose for life!
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