Prayer: Lord, bless our hands and feet so that we may spread the good news of righteousness by faith for all to hear.
Reading: Romans 10:5-15 (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: One of the Apostle Paul’s favorite topics to write about is justification by faith, also referred to as “righteousness that is by faith.” Which is what is mentioned in today’s scripture reading. Justification by faith is all about disregarding the system of justification by works or law, where people were measured by their performance of good works, and instead celebrating the faithful at heart. Only God knows our hearts, so it does no good to boast in our good works and do it all for a big show. Good works do not earn your favor in the sight of the Lord, Jesus already saved us all on the cross. Instead our good works are signs of our salvation and faith in Jesus Christ.
I love the last line in today’s reading, it says: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” and naturally I think of camp counselor feet. Many staff members have their favorite pair of sandals and throughout the summer those feet see many miles and smiles. Despite the actual appearance of those feet- whether they are a bit muddy, smelly, or they have an oddly shaped tan, they are beautiful. As children of God, created in His image, when we carry the Good News of Jesus our hands and feet radiate with beauty. --Anne Harshbarger
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