Reading: Exodus 31: 15
Growing up, Sunday was a day of rest for my family. We would go to church in the morning, have a big meal at noontime, and take it easy the rest of the day. Often we would go for rides in the country or walk down the street to get an ice cream cone.
Another part of our Sunday was visiting with Beulah. Beulah was my childhood babysitter. She was hired by my parents to watch me while they were at work during the day. But Beulah was more than a babysitter to me—she was like a grandmother. Living away from both sets of my real grandparents, I found an adopted grandparent in Beulah.
She treated my sister and me just like her own grandchildren, spoiling us at every chance possible. She would often bring us goodies to eat, including what we called “Big Cookies.” They were the Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies and we loved them as kids. I still do; in college, they even became my breakfast most mornings!
I have very fond memories of Beulah. She was an avid craftsperson, painting many ceramics, which still adorn my home today. She died when I was only 13-years-old after a long battle with cancer. I think of her often and miss her visits with us. It made Sunday even better. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Reread today's scripture passage. Then, make a plan on how you could better take care of yourself by observing more sabbath time.
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Reading: I Peter 1: 6-9
Very often our faith in God is tested. The testing of faith produces perseverance. Testing also proves that our faith is genuine. Just as we have had to pass exams in school to "make the grade," so we have to pass tests in our faith life to prove that we are trusting in God.
In school, we were rewarded for hard work by getting an "A." God rewards us also with praise and glory and honor on the day that Jesus Christ is revealed. By persevering and having faith that is genuine we will receive so much. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Pray for those who are tested.
Reading: Deuteronomy 4: 44-45
Can you imagine if our government abolished all our laws and told people that the only rules we would have to follow are the ones in the Bible? There would be no legislation on the books, just God's teachings in the Holy Word? This scenario was posed by a well-known Christian minister once. He said that if Washington were to get rid of our laws and tell us to follow the Bible instead, our country would survive quite nicely.
It made me think. Wouldn't it be great if everyone would follow the Word of God? I know it can be tough sometimes but if we strive to do all that we are taught, don't you think this would be a better country?
I don't think our nation's rules would be abandoned. But if we start living better in God's sight, the nation would grow stronger and would be a better place to live. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Make a list of ways that you want to be better at following God.
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