Prayer: Lord God, teach us to keep our promises to our neighbors and to you. Amen
Reading: Luke 1:68-79 (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: There is a pride and a sense of fullness when we keep our promises. Even my five-year-old physically swells with pride when she does something that she promised and she receives praise. It’s a physical and emotional completeness when we keep a promise.
So Mary, when she finds out that God has made his promise of salvation complete in her pregnancy with Jesus, can’t help but display that completion with song. Mary sings the Magnificat, the words from our reading today. “Praise God!” she says and goes on to describe all the things that her child will do. This is a dawning for the people of God, giving light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. It will guide our feet into the way of peace. Jesus is coming. We know the story but we will hear it again of Jesus coming into the world to be the world’s salvation.
May we keep our promises as God kept the promise God made to David and to Abraham. May we keep Jesus in our minds as we look towards Christmas. --Peter Horn, Camp Mount Luther Board Member
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