Prayer: Dear God, help us to remember to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. Amen
Reading: Colossians 3: 12-17 (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 not a big clothing person. What makes matters worse is I am not a big shopper either. So there are days when I stare into my closet with no idea what to put on except the same old same old outfits. Try this on; try that on.
A long time ago I came across a little quote: Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. It is taped inside my closet. It helps.
Colossians 3: 12 reminds us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. Maybe I will tape that in my closet, too. Still would not help me with wardrobe woes but it certainly would make a difference in my expression. Just reading those words brings a loving and calming spirit which surely is reflected in my face, not to mention my actions and words. I think I will try that on! --Ruth Gates
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