Prayer: Dear God, while we may not know exactly what the resurrection of the body may look like, what is important is we know now and forever you love everyone more than we can possibly imagine. Thank you. Amen
Reading: I Corinthians 15: 35-38, 42-50 (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: The adult son of a co-worker of mine is missing. He was last seen at his apartment in Brooklyn three weeks ago. He had been in a car accident and may suffered a brain injury. He also struggles with mental illness and is in need of medical attention. I cannot imagine the agony his mother is going through as each day goes by with no word or sight of her son. She has absolutely no idea where he might be. Somewhere here or gone beyond.
Our text today is about the resurrection body. While it explains a lot, it still does not give a clear answer except that we have been born of dust and will bear the image of God. Someone once told me when I was very concerned about a person, "As much as you love (your loved one), God loves him/her even more." I told that to my co-worker and she was grateful for the bit of peace it gave her.
-- Ruth Gates
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