Prayer: Thanks for claiming us, God, as your children.
Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 (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: Last Sunday, my mom did a children’s sermon at her church where she took four different stuffed animals and labeled them with their animal name. At night, according to her story, the monkey went and changed the labels so that their animal names were incorrect. The alligator was labeled as a lion; the sloth was labeled as a giraffe; the bear and other animal in the skit were also labeled incorrected. She then talked about how the label that is important in our life is that we are a Child of God. She gave the kids a sticker to wear that reminded them they are all a Child of God.
Mom recounted this sermon to my daughter and me when we visited later her and my dad later on Sunday. My daughter, after hearing the story, reenacted it with the animals that mom had used that morning. It was great to hear her remind the animals and us that we are all children of God.
This passage reminds me that although we may be Lutheran, or Episcopalian, Presbyterian, or non-denominational, we are all children of God. This week, as we are reminded of the divides that our country currently sees, it is important to remember that the label on us that is most important is that we are all indeed Children of God. –Chad Hershberger
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