Editor’s Note: We continue today with our look at this summer’s Day 4 curriculum of “Water of Life.” Thursday’s Theme is “In the Pool-Seeing and Being the Light.”
Prayer: Light of our lives, shine in our hearts today. Reveal your love and show us the way out of shadows into your fullness. Amen.
Reading: John 8:12-20 (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: If you have flown by air you know that there is now a full body scanner that you walk through in airport security so that what is hidden can be detected. The screeners can’t tell who you are and if you are safe just by looking at you.
Jesus starts the text for today with a very inspirational and quotable verse. Just like the full light of day reveals and shows details, so Jesus has to keep going and explain himself and remove the shadows and dark spots for the Pharisees. Jesus goes on to say something that I think is even better. Jesus doesn’t judge. If he has to, which I take it to mean when the final push comes to shove with Mr. Evilsinanddeath, then it is a heavenly team approach. Even then, God doesn’t judge the way we do. God doesn’t need or use a full body scanner. God doesn’t judge by the flesh, or outward appearances. Shockingly, God doesn’t use GPA, AGI, awards, accolades, or anything that we like to shine a spotlight on.
It is the witness of Christ that decides. If we reflect the light of Christ and give witness to his witness to God than we are in the right reflection of God’s glory. We won’t walk in darkness. --Andrew Fitch
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