Prayer: Gracious and Loving God may the words from my mouth be from my heart. May they be clean and acceptable in your sight. May they be helpful and uplifting for those who hear them. Amen.
Reading: Luke 1: 68-79 (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: After being mute for nine months Zechariah sure did have wise words to say. As I read his words I am truly thankful for the leading of the Holy Spirit and the prophecy that was shared. There is a lot to take in from what he said. What really impacted me the most this time when I read through it was from the beginning and the end. In verse 68 I appreciate how He looks favorably upon us to redeem us. God’s grace and love for us to send us a savior is truly spectacular. We are not at all worthy but God saves us anyway. The other part that I found particularly impactful this time was in verse 79 where we are to be guided into the way of peace. The USA and other parts of the world are struggling with peace. It is sad to see how people treat each other. For Christians it should be easy because true peace for us comes through Jesus. I hope we all find peace at this time of year and carry it with us into the future.
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