On Fridays in January, we look at the scripture that our campers will be studying during Day 1 this summer of “Awesome God. Awesome Love.”
Prayer: Great God, your ways are unsearchable and your glory is unfathomable. You are so high above me that I can only dream of your majesty. Yet, you have chosen to be revealed and proclaimed. Use me to make your hidden ways clear to those around me, like a light shining in the darkness. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 10: 26-33 (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: I remember distinctly being asked by a garage technician, “When was the last time you went shopping for tires?” I had been quoted a price and it seemed way too high. He was right, though, I didn’t have a clue. Oil prices had gone up he told me, and that affects the price of tires. Everything is related. Commodities and realities are connected to our full understanding of the reign of God. God knows of our corrupt pricing and our bargain shopping that sucks the living out of distant working countries. God is aware of our attempts to become more green or sustainable. God loves a cheerful giver and a wise steward. The Bible tells us so. God is aware of both secret thoughts and scandal nondisclosure contracts. Don’t miss our part to share in the light and proclaim Jesus’ teachings on housetops. Which, by the way would translate into social media or loudspeakers, bulletin boards, newspapers…
Comically, I also hear the joy of providence and protection in this passage. God takes care of the little birds, God certainly knows how to care for us, his beloved. I chuckle a little bit thinking of someone in the crowd like me turning to their friend next to them, “Jesus spend how much on sparrows? I thought they were four for a penny.” His friend pops up one eyebrow and asks, “When was the last time you went shopping for sparrows?” --Andrew Fitch
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