Prayer: We praise you, God, and bring you the gift of ourselves. Amen.
Reading: Isaiah 60: 1-6 (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: On this New Year’s Day, we look at another “character” of Christmas: the camel. In almost every Nativity Scene I’ve ever seen, there are camels. Most likely they are with the wise men who traveled to see Jesus over the desert.
Why do we think the wise men rode on camels? Well, maybe it’s because of this passage. The prophet Isaiah says a multitude of camels shall cover year and they shall bring god and frankincense. Sound familiar?
I’m familiar with camels, as I work at Mount Luther. The camel is our mascot and we believe camels run through our woods. I like the last line of this passage. “…shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.” I like to think of the camels running to Bethlehem, running through camp, praising God. May you also look like these camels!
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