Prayer: Thanks for thinking of everything, God. Amen.
Reading: 1 Corinthians 11: 23-29 (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: Some say that this is the most wonderful time of the year. But for many, it is difficult because they have lost loved ones who will not be with them as they celebrate Christ’s birth. Having been the son of a funeral director, I know how difficult it can be for some families when we hit this time of year.
Last year was the first Christmas season without my wife’s father or grandmother. He died last summer and she died in November. As we were approaching the holiday season, I received an e-mail from a friend of mine, reminding me that while we would miss them, they would be with us in spirit. He wrote, “I know it will be a bit different for your family with the loss of loved ones this year. Celebrate and trust that on Christmas Eve as you approach God’s table - you eat the Christmas feast with God and all your loved ones. The holy table extends all the way to heaven. Amazing that God would love us so much that God would think of everything. May the love of family inspire you to feel and know God’s love for you.”
They were very comforting words and I share them today for those who might be going through a difficult time this holiday season. –Chad Hershberger
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