Prayer: Dear God, your Spirit gives us hope and boldness. May we live and look like we have your power. Amen
Reading: 2 Corinthians 3: 12 - 4: 2 (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?
Since then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness... (2 Cor. 3: 12a)
There is a photo from camp of counselors and campers at the pool standing in superhero poses, towels tied like capes. It's on the third page of the Mount Luther Summer 2019 catalog. Check it out: https://www.campmountluther.org/programs/summer-camp/
There is such spirit in that picture that I can't look at it without busting up laughing or at least grinning ear to ear. What cracks me up is the genuine sincerity of the counselors in their depiction of a superhero. They actually look like they just might be able to leap a tall building in a single bound. Not only that, the campers are looking up at them like they really could.
I don't know. It may be because by halfway through a summer of weeks of camp and campers by the dozens, the counselors truly have developed super powers - physical, emotional and spiritual. What I do know is the Holy Spirit has given them hope and boldness. That is their, and our, superpower. Especially when wearing capes.
-- Ruth Gates
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