Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for being our parent from above.
Reading: Isaiah 1:1-20 (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?
Reflection: When I became a parent, my life changed. Almost overnight, I began to look at things differently. When my children do things or act in certain ways, I think, “Oh no… they got that from me!” I also think of their needs before my own.
I thought about what it is like to be a parent when I read this passage. God is our heavenly parent. I can’t imagine the thoughts God has when God looks down on me and what I’m doing. Sometimes, I’m sure God is proud. Other times, God knows I can do better.
But, God loves us so much that God allows us to go through life, making decisions and figuring things out on our own. The Spirit blows through at times and changes our paths, but we learn on our own. Just as I often let my children learn on their own; but at times, I feel a need to direct their paths more directly. May God show us that same love each and every day! --Chad Hershberger
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