Prayer: Help us to see your coming, Jesus. Be near us. Amen.
Reading: Philippians 4:1-13 (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: The Lord is near. One sentence in our text for today sums up the whole Advent season. And, since we as Christians are “Advent people” it sums up our lives in the world. Wherever we go and whatever we do, the Lord is near.
How does that make you feel? Frightened? Scared? Excited? Joyous? I think we could have two reactions. We either may feel that it might be helpful for us to clean up our acts because our Savior is coming. Or, we may feel excitement because of our joy in seeing our Lord.
For centuries, there was waiting for Jesus to arrive. God’s people knew he was coming but not sure when he’d get here. For us, we await his second coming when he will appear to us once again. But, for me, I also know that I see Jesus in the words and actions of people every day. He is truly among us, even today. That makes me smile and rejoice. The Lord is near indeed. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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