Prayer: Loving God, you are the source of our joy and peace. We believe because of your gift of Jesus Christ and your gift of faith through the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah! Amen (from the Moravian Daily Text, December 4, 2016)
Reading: Isaiah 35: 1-10 (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: I like verse 10 of Isaiah 35 as it is in the New International Version:
(The redeemed will walk there, and) the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them.
To be overtaken by joy! Think of your most joyful moments or times in life. Maybe you didn't burst into singing (as I just might), but perhaps you did feel gladness like a crown on your head. That is how the prophet Isaiah describes the redeemed in Christ - overtaken by gladness and joy.
Just reading that line makes my mouth begin to turn upwards into a smile. Let that feeling grow. We are redeemed in Christ. Rejoice greatly and shout for joy! --Ruth Gates
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