Prayer: Thank you, God, for creating me. Amen.
Reading: Romans 1:1-7 (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: When I read this passage today, it reminded me of genealogy. Paul reminds us that Jesus is a descendant of David. In the gospel of Matthew, before we hear the birth story, we read of Jesus’ lineage.
Do you know where you come from? I remember as a child when my dad did considerable work tracing our family roots back to when our ancestors came over to America. Years later, my parents made me a notebook with some of that information in and they scanned photos of some of those people who are a part of my lineage. It’s fascinating stuff!
When I think about my family roots, I’m proud to be a Hershberger but more importantly, I’m pleased to be a child of God. If you continue to trace my family history, ultimately it will show that we were created from God. That’s something to celebrate as we look at the baby Jesus’ heritage and celebrate His birth. –Chad Hershberger
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