Prayer: Lord, help us to do all things, great and small, in service to you. Amen
Reading: I Corinthians 7: 29-31 (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: When our boys were young, Sunday School and Cub Scout age, I threw myself into activities at church and Scouts because I thought it was my duty as a good parent. One time I was in charge of a spaghetti supper and both boys had the mumps. I called the church and said, "I can't do this!" Another older women, actually a grandmother, came to my rescue and took over the spaghetti.
As our children grew older, other opportunities to do good works came along. We can do great things and small things and even small great things. All we need to do is sort through and balance our priorities. By being a good parent, a supportive spouse, an involved community member...we are also doing service to the Lord. Our good works may not draw thunderous applause but if we do them as servants of the Lord, that is all that matters. --Alice Yeakel
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