Prayer: Help us, Lord, to be strong even in time when we feel weak. Amen.
Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 (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: Yesterday, our passage was reminding us that when we are weak, God will raise us up like eagle’s wings. God will be our strength.
I find it interesting that in today’s reading, Paul tells us that being weak can often be a good thing. He says that when we are weak, we can relate to others that are weak, and use that to proclaim the gospel. Wow! Can you think of a time when you felt downtrodden, only to find someone else who could relate to your story and in turn, you could share your faith with that person? I know there have been times when someone I knew was going through something and I could share a story about how I experienced a similar issue and share how I got through it. In fact, just this past weekend the opposite happened to me. I had someone share his story about an occurrence in his life which made me know that God was directing my paths as well.
The Bible is full of stories of people who were perceived to be weak, but in God’s eyes were strong. Can you think of some of those? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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