Prayer: Dear God, you are the Almighty. Reveal to us your power today. Amen
Reading: Revelation 1: 4-8 (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?
When I think of the word revelation I think "Ah-hah!" so I figure the book of Revelation is all about "Ah-hah!" moments. Except for this: Revelation is a book full of mysteries. Not easy to understand. More "Huh?" than "Ah-hah!"
Fortunately, today's lesson is only four verses of the first chapter. So, from it I simply take the word Almighty. The Lord God is Almighty. Where have you seen God as almighty? When have you said, "Ah-hah!"? Maybe when his creation bursts forth with life after a long cold winter. Maybe when your heart was strengthened and gladdened after a difficult time. Maybe when it is revealed that love never fails. That is power.
-- Ruth Gates
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