Prayer: As we practice Christian hospitality, help us to do everything in your name, O Lord. 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: The door was closed. There may well have been a “no vacancy” sign outside the door. Rooms were filled in the inn.
The parents of the expected child were looking for a place to lay down. They were weary and tired. The baby was soon to come.
And a man, an innkeeper, showed compassion. He showed kindness, humility, meekness and patience with the young couple. He gave them peace by finding a place for them to stay.
They were thankful. And then the blessed event happened in that cattle stall. And they sang, and shepherds sang, and wisemen brought gifts.
The innkeeper is our model. Whatever we do in word or deed, do it in God’s name. Where will you show hospitality this day?
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