Prayer: Help us, God, to see the plan you have for us. Amen.
Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-10 (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: This week, we are talking about “callings” and how God might be revealing something in us that we didn’t think was part of our personality. Yesterday, we talked about our business card, and what it might say. We talked about how we might not always listen to what God is calling us to do; but, instead we may “follow the crowd” or act as we think others want us to.
Today, we are reminded about Jeremiah who said that God knew him before he was born and had a plan for him. I think the same can be said for us. As I look back on my life, I see that God was directing my path to get me where I am today. And, I’m confident that today’s activities are preparing me for something in the future. Trusting in God, I know that anything can happen!
Later on in the book of Jeremiah, it is written, “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” How do you live in the good of that hope each day? --Chad Hershberger
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