Prayer: Thank you, heavenly Father, for sending Jesus. May we remember at Christmas Christ was with us and Christ is still with us. Amen
Reading: Philippians 1: 3-11 (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?
Let's do a word play:
1. Invert the M in CHRISTMAS and it becomes CHRIST WAS.
2. Now remove the W and A and replace with I.
Now we have CHRIST IS!
Every day Christ IS here with us: in our hearts, watching over us, caring about us. Advent is a time of waiting for Christ who WAS born so we can know Christ IS always with us to finish the good works He has begun in us.
-- Alice Yeakel
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