For today's devotional, again we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which is part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers. First, read the passage and then discuss/ponder the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and closing presented.
Reading: Isaiah 9- 1-4
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text? (or for younger kids, which part of the story doesn’t make sense to me?)
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text? (or for younger kids, what is my favorite part of the story?)
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me? (or for younger kids, what does this story remind me of?)
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text? (or for younger kids, what is God or Jesus doing in this story?)
In our lessons for this Sunday, I keep seeing this idea of darkness and brokenness turning into new light. Verse 2 of this reading reminds me that once again: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined.”
Too often, I think I’ve heard this scripture and related it to some Biblical story of the past. Yeah, the people in Isaiah’s time did face a lot of hardships. Look at Moses and the people of the Exodus! Even when we hear the Christmas story and are reminded about Jesus coming to earth and being the light of the world, it still often feels distant to me.
But we today walk in darkness to. We deal with conflict, broken relationships, hard times, medical uncertainties. This verse reminds us that we are to look for the light and remember that God is in our midst. The light still shines in the darkness and turns brokenness into new life. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Pray for a situation that you are aware that needs new life and light.
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