Prayer: Thanks be to God for gifting us over and over again.
Reading: John 1:1-18 (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: Sometimes I skip the “click to read text” when I consider these devotional writings. How about you? If you just did, I encourage you, go back, click and read it before reading on.
This is my very favorite Christmas text. Maybe you want to go back and read it again. J Every time I read it or hear it, I experience something new. It is just an awesome scripture. The Christmas stories in Luke and Matthew are beautiful. John’s reflection on those events and Jesus’ life is deep and wonderful. It is also so simple at times.
One part of the reading that made my spirit flutter one Christmas morning is this: From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. Not just grace, but grace on top of grace. How can that be? God’s gift, topped! Just like a layer cake. Sweetness on top of sweetness smeared with sweetness. Grace upon grace. And so it is. God’s grace, free gifts, just keep coming and coming. Just when you think God can’t be any more gracious…more grace. Merry Christmas! --Jim Bricker
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