Prayer: Loving God, help us remember what holds us together is love that joyfully bears the burdens of others. Amen
Reading: I Corinthians 1: 18-25 (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: By the time this devotion is posted, Valentine's Day will be passed. But as I write, it is still two days away. This year Valentine's Day also happens to be Ash Wednesday. Chocolate and ashes all in a day. Aren't most days like that? Each day we are loved by God and we love others. However, each day, if we stop and think about it, we also know we are dust and to dust we shall return.
Pauls explains Christ crucified is the power and wisdom of God. It may look like foolishness but love joyfully bears the burdens of others and makes all the difference on days of both chocolate and ashes. -- Ruth Gates
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