Prayer: Dear God, it is true. We find what we are looking for and there is plenty of bad to be seen. May we remember to look for the good. If we look, we will see your presence. Amen
Reading: Malachi 3: 1-4 (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: In the last verse of Malachi 2, the prophet tells the people, "You have wearied the LORD." "How?" they ask. The answer: "By saying, 'All who do evil are good in the sight of the LORD. Where is the God of justice?'" The world then and the world today sound much the same. So are the people. Evil seems to win; where is justice? Yes, that is what people see. Or is that what people are looking for?
Well, Malachi 3 starts right out with the word See. And what we are supposed to see? What we are supposed to look for? "See I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me and the LORD whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple."
We find what we are looking for. This season of Advent, let us look for the LORD's coming and find Him. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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