Prayer: Grant me the grace to live graciously, Lord.
Reading: Romans 6:1-11 (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: Tomorrow is Easter, The Festival of the Resurrection, the chief festival of the Christian faith. Tonight, some will worship at a service called the Easter Vigil. One of the scripture readings for that services is our devotional passage for today. It is one of those texts which I have used often in the services for the Burial of the Dead. It is one of those passages that opens for us the very core of our faith. This is rock bottom stuff.
We are baptized in Christ Jesus, buried with him and will certainly be united with him in a resurrection liked his. If that isn’t true than what is?
Passages like this one enable me to live well now. It certainly points to life when this one is ended, but it also makes this one possible. If God is that loving and graceful, I can trustingly and confidently live graciously and lovingly now.
What a gift God gives us that we celebrate at Easter. What a gift God gives us to give to others.
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