Prayer: As we reflect on the resurrection and the life of Jesus, may we be reminded that it’s all about love and light. Amen.
Reading: 1 John 1:1 - 2:5 (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: I signed up to do the devotions this week because I figured that I could get them done well ahead of time and have them “in the can” before Easter. But, I forgot that I had done that. And so last week, as Easter approached, I realized that I hadn’t done my plan and that the devotions were not ready to go.
So here I am, after Easter, trying to catch up and get these reflections written. Easter is on my mind, since we just celebrated it on Sunday. I read this scripture passage and was trying to think of a connection to Easter and how we all must be “witnesses to the resurrection.” But then I read verses 5-10 in Chapter 1. And it hit me. Don’t make this more complex than it is. Jesus came to save us and show us the light. All because of love. Love and light resonated in my head. That’s what it’s all about.
Just as we often get caught up in the Christmas season, let’s not get caught up that we forget the simple message of God’s redeeming love for us. We celebrate it this Eastertime and every week of our lives. –Chad Hershberger
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