Prayer: Glory to you forever, God, through Jesus Christ! Amen
Reading: Romans 16: 25-27 (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: It is said Paul's letter to the Romans holds the answers to all of life's important questions and covers all essentials of the Christian faith. It is a book to read slowly and carefully. Today, however, we are only reading the last three verses of the last chapter. How does Paul wrap up this incredible sharing of the gospel? With praise. With a final doxology.
I read Augustine, Martin Luther and John Wesley all trace their spiritual renewal to a reading of Romans. Few people would claim to have mastered this book. One could probably spend a lifetime studying Romans but each day we can learn a bit more from God's word and every day we can end with praise. A final doxology.
To the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen (Romans 16: 27)
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