Prayer: Help us to hear the good news, Lord. Amen.
Reading: Luke 1: 26-38 (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 Angel Gabriel came to Mary to tell her good news. She was going to have a baby. And it was going to be God’s only son.
Mary must have been confused, upset, excited, and in shock when she heard that. She undoubtedly had a bunch of emotions all rolled into one event. God was giving her this honor and yet, how could it be? Not to mention that an angel came to see her. This angel that also has a special place in the story because it was that angel that announced that Jesus was on his way. The angel tried to help Mary understand just what was about to happen.
Look for the angels in your life. Who is it that brings you good news from God?
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