Prayer: Dear God, your message of love comes to us always. May we notice how and hear it. Amen
Reading: Malachi 3: 1-4 (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?
Some say snail mail may become a thing of the past. I say a handwrtitten card or letter sent through the US Postal Service will be special always. Therefore, I happen to frequent the post office and particularly enjoy buying stamps. So many varieties to choose from and I use certain ones for certain correspondences. Right now I have on hand celebration stamps for birthday cards, flower stamps for sympathy and get well wishes, Mr. Rogers stamps for friendly notes, Hot Wheels stamps for a particular car buff I know, etc. Recently I sent thank you cards using stamps honoring First Responders to friends who helped in a time of need. I sometimes wonder if the recipients notice my purposeful use of stamps. More importantly though, my stash of stamps is of Forever Stamps so they will enough postage to get the message there always.
The message of God's love comes to us in many ways. The prophet Malachi announced a messenger is coming who will prepare the people for the LORD's return. Perhaps the message of God's love comes to you through celebrations, remembrances of loved ones or healing wishes, a kind word of friendship, an understanding of a particular interest or a helpful hand in time of need. Most importantly though, God's love is Forever and his message comes to us always.
-- Ruth Gates
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