Reading: Luke 3:1-6 (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: For years I have been intrigued by one line in this text. Of all of the wonderful messages and tidbits in this reading, I always get stuck on “prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Now I understand the idea of a straight path being easier to walk or drive, believe me I understand straight roads I spent two years in the northern Midwest, but I kind of feel vindictive sometimes. Why would I want to make the Lord’s path straight when my walk of faith certainly hasn’t been straight or easy? But then I really think about my faith journey.
Looking back I can see myself growing up in a loving congregation and going on Boy Scout trips and still nurturing my faith. Then I went to college and fell away from church for a time where I didn’t feel purpose or guidance, but then returned to the church when I did not make the requirements to be a teacher. Then I went to seminary and became a pastor, then this Pennsylvania boy was sent to North Dakota for two years. Now I have returned to PA to do ministry in the hills that I knew growing up. So you can see just from these broad strokes of events in my life that my path has not been straight.
But then I realized that that was the path that needed to happen to get me to where I am now and who I am now. I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything because that would be wishing for something other than what God has made me. Now my hope is to make the path just a little bit straighter for others so that I am making straight the paths of God. --Peter Horn, Camp Mount Luther Board Member