We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on May 26, 2015.
Prayer: God, help me to be thankful for your son, Jesus Christ, who takes away my sins. Amen.
Reading: Isaiah 6:1-13 (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: This passage makes me appreciate Jesus even more than I did before. Imagine it: to have your sin and guilt blotted out it took a seraph with a hot coal held by a pair of tongs touching your lips. Ouch! I can’t imagine the pain that I’d feel if that happened. For Memorial Day last night, we were with some friends and made mountain pies. I touched the hot part of the stick and it hurt- and that was nothing compared to these hot coals on Isaiah’s lips.
This summer, when I’m standing by a campfire, I’ll think of this story. When I see the hot coals, instead of thinking about how they would make a great cooking fire (which is usually what I do), I’ll instead be reminded about Jesus’ sacrifice for us and be thankful that I don’t have to have hot coals on my lips.
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