Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on June 19, 2013.
Prayer: Lord, help us to remember that we are your children. Amen.
Reading: 1 John 3: 1-7 (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?
Other questions you could think about or discuss:
1. What about your identity is most important to you?
2. What are reminders for you that you are a Child of God?
Reflection: I rely heavily on notes to myself. I write messages all the time to remind me to do stuff. In college, my roommate and I kidded each other that we really had memory problems because our room was full of notes we wrote to ourselves to remember things.
When I was a child, my parents heard a story about some parents who told their children anytime they were going out somewhere to "remember who you are." They were to respond, "I am a child of God." My parents started doing this to my sister and me. It reminded us that we were children of God and were to act as children of our Heavenly Father expected us to act. It was good to remind us that we were chosen children.
So, remember who you are. You are a child of God. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Write "I Am A Child of God" on a Post-It-Note and put it somewhere to remind you frequently.
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