Prayer: My soul cries out with a joyful shout that the God of my heart is great.
Reading: Luke 1:46b-55 (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: How can one reflect on a reflection? It’s tough (especially for a male) to reflect on the meaning of being pregnant with the Messiah. Mary does it, beautifully, in this text we call The Magnificat.
Today, my reflection is a reference—I refer you to the hymn “Canticle of the Turning.” (ELW 723 or http://www.guitaretab.com/m/misc-praise-songs/208650.html)
I just love this hymn. Today two phrases jump off the page. “Though I am small, my God, my all, you work great things in me.” And in verse 4: “Til the spear and rod can be crushed by God, who is turning the world around.” Which jumped off the page for you? --Jim Bricker
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