Prayer: Dear God, we love you with all our heart, soul and strength. Help us to keep this commandment and teach it when home or away, when up or down. Whatever will help us remember, may we do it, for you are the Lord our God. Amen
Reading: Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 (Click to read text). This is one of the alternative texts for Day 1 of this year’s curriculum, “A Love that Never Ends.” Day 1 is about the Covenant with Abraham.
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: I have come to the conclusion in my getting older age I remember best what I have heard in a song, especially if it is a verse from scripture. In Deuteronomy, the Israelites are told to remember God’s commandments by tying them as symbols on their hands, binding them to their foreheads and writing them on their door frames. For me, put the verse in a song and I will be singing it forever.
And that is exactly how this commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and all your strength.” (v. 5) truly became ingrained in my mind and on my heart. It happened one of our first years of Family Camp at Camp Mount Luther. The scripture text becomes a 3 part round of 3 different variations on the same theme best taught and sung with 3 counselors running around the worship site with 3 large poster boards of the words to lead the round with the campers who have been divided into 3 groups. Sounds much more complicated than it really is and once you know it…well, you know it forever. Thank you Camp Mount Luther! Better than binding it to my forehead and certainly a way I can share it with others. I just need two other song leaders, 3 pieces of poster board and campers.
Come to Camp Mount Luther and you can learn it, too! --Ruth Gates, Family Camper
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