Prayer: Spirit of God, shine in our hearts so we may share your Good News and bring light to others. Amen
Reading: Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11 (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: What would it take for the news to be a bit better than the bad news we always seem to get? I am not saying to sugarcoat the stories or to look at the world through rose-colored glasses, but simply hoping to hear a positive story once in awhile. As our local news says, "Today our Bright Spot shines on..." (insert today's heartwarming story of care, service, giving, etc.).
Isaiah said the Spirit of the Lord God was upon him and he was sent to bring good news. He had a Bright Spot to share and shine on those who were oppressed and brokenhearted. There may have been bad news the next day but a light still could shine in their hearts and in their lives.
Jesus came to give us Good News and the Spirit speaks through us. With the Spirit upon us, like Isaiah, we too can spread good news to others. Who will you bring good news to today? Where will the Bright Spot shine? --Ruth Gates
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