Prayer: The glory and grace you show, O Lord, may we see that here on earth. Amen.
Reading: Read a passage today about heaven.
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 was recently reminded of a story that happened to me when I was in college. It was early April 1994, and my college roommate and I went on a bus trip to Pittsburgh to see the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team in one of their last games of the season. We were on the bus for a long time- it took us five hours to get there because we picked up other folks along the way.
When we got there, there had been a mix-up with our tickets. They didn’t have our seats reserved for us. They did have seats available, but they were not with the rest of our traveling party. We had to sit in another section of “The Igloo.” Since we were already there, of course we said that would be okay. And, to make it better for us, they gave us free playoff tickets for a few weeks later, got us into the exclusive Igloo Club for that night and the playoff night, and promised us autographed pictures. They even took us to our new seats by doing through the area where the team locker room was located in the arena. They were very conscious of turning a bad situation into a good one for us.
A few weeks later, we went to the playoff game. They gave us our autographed pictures of four of the stars of the team, including legend Mario Lemieux. The team won that night and advanced in the playoffs. It was great to be part of that atmosphere and to know that the team took care of us because of their mistake.
When I thought about this story recently, I thought about heaven. What do you think heaven is going to be like? I think it’s going to be a place where God will provide for all our needs and we will be happier than we ever can imagine. We’ll get to worship and be with those we love. In heaven, God will provide for us like the Penguins organization did for me so many years ago. It will be an experience we really enjoy! --Chad Hershberger
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