Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on December 19, 2013.
Prayer: This day may my praise be worthy to you, O God. Amen.
Reading: Isaiah 12 (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: I’m a big fan of Christmas music. I own a whole collection of holiday albums which I listen to from Thanksgiving to Epiphany. There is such beauty in those carols.
As we begin to sing Christmas hymns in church each December, I am always amazed at how long many of these carols have been in existence. Many were written in the 13th, 14th, or 15th centuries. They have been handed down for generations.
Why did these hymns survive the test of time? I think it is because they were written to the Glory of God. They were written to praise God and spread the news of the birth of Jesus. Songs which are not written for God often fall by the wayside. But those written to honor God survive for a long time. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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