Prayer: Dear God, the gifts and calling you give us are irrevocable. Help us to continue to use them and serve you. Amen
Reading: Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32 (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: When I was young there was a really mean name for someone who gave something away and then took it back. I knew it was wrong to do that and it was also very wrong to call people names. So wrong on both sides that it became very ingrained and uncomfortable to even think about about let alone do either.
However, the gifts God has given are for keeps and God's call is for always. They are irrevocable. He does not take them back. God is not going to trick us and our names for God are loving. Thanks be to God. --Ruth Gates
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