Prayer: Reveal yourself to us, Lord, and may we reveal your love to others, too. Amen
Reading: Genesis 45: 1-15 (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: People are big on revealing things these days. They even have parties in which the big reveal could be the announcement of if the baby is a boy or a girl. Balloons are popped and either pink or blue confetti flutters out. Or the color of the cake under the icing is the revealing. Then there is much celebration.
Joseph revealed himself to his brothers when they came to Egypt groveling for help and food. They had no idea they would find their brother, who they sold into slavery many years before, now successful, powerful and able to help them in their need. The Big Reveal could have gone so many ways but it went well in the midst of disbelief, fear and tears. Reunited, forgiven, loving and seeing God's hand in all that happened turned the situation around.
Where will God reveal himself to you today? Watch for the big reveal especially if you are having a rough day. It may turn things around. How will you reveal God's love to others? It may turn their day around, too. --Ruth Gates
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