Reading: Ephesians 1: 1-14 (Click to read text)
Reflection: Our passage for today reminds us that we are heirs to God's kingdom by virtue of God's adopting us as God's children. This Christmas season, I've thought a lot about the fact that Jesus was born to earthly parents. In essence, Jesus had two dads. And he was born to a "surrogate" mother. Sometimes, as we get caught up with the Christmas story, we need to remind ourselves that this was God's child and was adopted into an earthly family.
Conversely, as we come into the world with earthly parents, we are also adopted into God's family through our baptism. Christmas is a great time for us to remember that adoption and to remember our baptism. Let us know forget that just as we are heirs to God's kingdom and share in Christ's death and resurrection, we also share in His birth. So this Christmas season, don't forget to celebrate your adoption day! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Watch this video of the song, "Some Children See Him" and reflect on your own baptism.
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