Prayer: Help us to patiently wait for your coming. Thank you for being patient with us. Amen.
Reading: 2 Peter 3: 8-15a (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: A friend wrote a children's song about waiting for Jesus through December. Of course, it is hard for children to wait for anything, let alone Christmas. So the last line of the song is, "I'm waiting just as fast as I can." Waiting fast? How do you do that? Definitely sounds like something a child would say.
2 Peter 3 speaks of being patient. Waiting just as fast as I can does not sound like being patient. Yet who wouldn't want something good to happen (like Christmas!) as soon as possible? So, while we might say we are being patient, inside we wish we could be waiting fast.
God is patient as He wants all to come to repentance. Seems like that might take forever; like the forever long days of December to a child. Perhaps He is waiting as fast he He can, too. --Ruth Gates
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