Prayer: Dear God, we trust in your presence and purpose from ancient days. There is comfort in knowing an origin from old is what still is with us today and will be always. We thank you in this small part of a very big story. Amen
Reading: Micah 5: 2-5a (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 am a big fan of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. I could explain but that would take a long time. So for today's devotion I will share this. It is encouraging to know God's people and purposes have been in motion since ancient of days.
But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from old, from ancient days. Micah 5: 2
When Frodo wishes the ring had ever come to him, Gandalf reminds him of the series of events and characters (from ancient days) that brought the ring to him. Frodo we meant to have the ring..."and that is an encouraging thought."
God's promises go back further than we can imagine, are still true today and will hold us in all the days to come. And that is an encouraging thought! --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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