Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on December 8, 2013.
Prayer: This Advent season, reveal to us the secrets of your Son, O Lord. Amen.
Reading: Amos 3: 7 (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: There are so many secrets during this season of the year. Packages that are bought and cannot be revealed, projects that are coming to a close that soon be shown, and mysteries surrounding where gifts come from are all secrets we keep during the holidays. Then, on December 25, those secrets are no more.
I have a secret that I have been keeping for many years. When I was a camper one summer, we had a contest between my cabin and another cabin. The contest was to see who could clean their cabin the best. The winners would receive a Hershey bar.
We worked to get our abode cleaned, but we had some help. The kitchen staff came and helped us to make our cabin bright. They helped us without the knowledge of our counselors and we were told not to tell them.
We won and got our Hershey bars. And to this day, I never told my counselor what the kitchen girls did for us. To remind me of the event, I have the wrapper to my Hershey bar in my Bible. It also reminds me that we have no secrets from God. Secret things belong to God, but those that are revealed belong to us and our children forever! --Chad Hershberger
Today, meditate on this quote by Napoleon Hill: “Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.”
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