Prayer: Be our light, Lord Jesus, this night and always. Amen.
Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7 (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: Can you imagine the darkness on the night of the Baby Jesus’ birth? I imagine it was a starlit night, if only for one bright star over Bethlehem. The shepherds didn’t have flashlights (or smartphones with a flashlight) but probably were huddled around fires for warm and light. And then, there was light. As quickly as it appeared when God first created it, the light was shining in the darkness. The glow of a new baby, this one the savior of the world, lit up the stable. Angels singing glory to God in the fields above the shepherds showed them they had nothing to fear. Even though we think of it as night, it truly was the dawn of a new day.
For a child was born. For us. We usually call him Jesus, but he has many names. He also has authority. And he seeks peace for all. May that peace find you this Christmas and all throughout the year. Merry Christmas! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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