Prayer: We give you thanks, God, for the amazing and awesome love that you show us this day and every day. Amen.
Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-22 (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: In the 1990s, singer Haddaway had a song called, “What is Love?” It was even spoofed a bit on Saturday Night Live. The next line of the song was “Baby, don’t hurt me no more.” I remember riding in the car one day and that song came on the radio and my dad said that was a good definition of love. Love is not hurting someone; rather, it is treating people well and showing a caring spirit.
In our scripture reading for today, we are reminded of God’s amazing and awesome love for us. God showed that love through Jesus Christ. And, we see that love in how God deals with Noah. This summer, we are going to look at the story of Noah and how God showed awesome love to Noah and we are shown that love, too.
On this Valentine’s Day when we celebrate love, make sure to thank God for the great love that God bestows on us. And be on the lookout where you see that love each and every day. –Chad Hershberger
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