Prayer: Lord, O Lord, you are our one true God above all else. There is no one like you. Magnify our hearts and show your grace in the living of our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Reading: Galatians 4: 4-7 (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: Little things shouldn’t bother us, right? No, but yes they do! I knew a man that would get quite angry when a telemarketer would call and pronounce his name wrong. He would almost yell into the phone, “It’s pronounced AYSH!” If they didn’t correct their pronunciation he would hang up saying, “They don’t know me.”
This text is about knowing God. It starts with the basics, “born of a woman…” It is important that we remember and know that our God-Man, Jesus, chose to be fleshy and be born like us. This is no small choice of love. There is no other God that choses to become weak and mortal. Sure a very awesome deliverance was the plan, but still seems very meek and weak. The purpose of the plan is huge: Jesus gives us tremendous power to call God, “Abba.” It is from Jesus’ common language of family and prayer. It literally means Dad or Daddy in common English. Paul knowing that this is shocking adds “the Father,” just to be sure that we didn’t misread or mishear. Paul is saying, don’t use the wrong word for who your God is to you now. Prior to Jesus, such a close loving title was not used for God. Jesus changes that with his birth, brings us into his family and his love. Now his inheritance is ours! Praise be to God! --Andrew Fitch
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