For today's devotional, again we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which will also be a big part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers this summer. First, read the passage and then discuss the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and ponder the quote presented.
Reading: Ecclesiastes 3: 1-9
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text? (or for younger kids, which part of the story doesn’t make sense to me?)
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text? (or for younger kids, what is my favorite part of the story?)
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me? (or for younger kids, what does this story remind me of?)
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text? (or for younger kids, what is God or Jesus doing in this story?)
There is a time for everything:
10:58 p.m.- the time I was born
Spring- the time to plant; Fall- the time to harvest
Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II- times to kill, time for war
After tragedies- times to heal
Demolition- a time to break down; Construction- a time to build up
A sad movie- a time to weep; After hearing a joke- a time to laugh
Death- a time to mourn; Wedding receptions- a time to dance
At a lake, skipping them- a time to cast away stones
A child in an unpaved driveway- a time to gather stones together
When seeing an old friend- a time to embrace
In homeroom- a time to refrain from embracing
Finding a family heirloom long lost- a time to seek
A baseball game- a time to lose
Your child’s first report card- a time to keep
A grudge- a time to cast away
A bad paper- a time to rend
Your favorite jeans have a hole- a time to sew
In a library- a time to keep silent
Standing up for your yourself- a time to speak
And always- a time to love our fellow humans and strive for peace.
There is a time for everything.
--Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Watch this video of The Byrds' song, "Turn, Turn, Turn." This is a musical representation of this scripture passage. We used to sing it at camp as one of the many folk songs shared after meals. However, it was hard to sing, so we haven't done it in quite awhile!
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