Prayer: As we gaze upon the manger, God, let us know forget the cross and empty tomb. Amen.
Reading: Hebrews 10:5-10 (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: Often during the Advent and Christmas seasons, I think about Christ coming to us as a little baby. Babies are cute, innocence, and bring smiles to our faces. But I try to not forget about the events of Holy Week. That same cute, innocent, smiling baby will be hung on a cross to die for me. This passage reminds me of that.
I like the hymn, “What Child is This.” In that familiar carol, we are reminded that “nails, spears shall pierce him through, the cross he bore for me, for you.” In these days as you prepare for Christ’s coming as a baby, don’t forget the rest of the story: the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the first communion, Good Friday, and the resurrection. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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