One of the alternative texts for Day 1 of this summer's "Living in God's Time" curriculum is the following. Day 1 is the day campers will learn and reflect on the season of Advent, as we study the seasons of the church year.
Reading: John 1:1-18
Reflection: Each of the Gospel writers introduces Jesus differently. Which do you like best? Without any debate, John is my favorite. Each time I hear it, something new delights and intrigues me. When I last heard it, “grace upon grace” rang clearly and invited me to wonder what God is up to now.
So, can you recall a time when you received that perfect gift and thought “nothing can top this?” Just to have it topped later. Sort of like horseshoes-a ringer on top of a ringer. That’s what I think about receiving grace upon grace. How can there be anything more than God’s grace? John says, well out of Jesus’ fullness there’s more--if you think that is something, well you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
And it’s true. Every day it’s true. Sometimes we don’t know it because we don’t pay attention. But when we think about it—it’s true. God’s grace just keeps coming and coming.
Your grace keeps coming, Lord. Thanks. Amen. --Jim Bricker, Camp Mount Luther Summer Chaplain to the Staff
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