Prayer: Dear God, fill us with your Spirit so we may always be giving thanks to you. Remind us to sing it! Amen
Reading: Ephesians 5: 15-20 (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?
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. --Ephesians 5: 19
I heard there was a day at camp when everything said at mealtimes had to be sung. What a great idea! I forget exactly why Camp Mount Luther did it but Paul told the Ephesians to speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, too. Obviously it must be a good idea. But, why? I wish I had been at camp that day. Maybe I would know.
Perhaps everyone paid more attention to each other as the table talk was certainly more entertaining. Maybe there wasn't a lot of interrupting as that would just ruin a train of thought, or in this case, tune. There probably wasn't a lot of "talking" at the same time. Try singing a song while someone else is singing a different song. That's pretty hard to do! Certainly, given the extra effort needed, the topics shared were more thought out than usual. Not a lot of mindless jibber jabber. Of course, even small talk about the weather could almost become operatic, grandly heightening our awareness of God's creation and the forces of nature. All joining in on grateful refrains about the sunny day or bonding in hopeful prayer song that it would not rain tomorrow.
Now that I think of it, Paul and CML, really did have a good idea! When we are filled with the Spirit, our words are music to the ear as we are always giving thanks to God. Sing it! --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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