Prayer: Show your love to us so that we may easily love others. Amen.
Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (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’ve been talking about “callings.” We talked about how Jesus revealed himself and how he had a different view of his ministry and who we was than those who lived in his town. We talked yesterday about how God has a plan for all of us and has known us since we were created in our mother’s womb. Today, we hear the words of St. Paul. It is a passage that is commonly used at wedding services. Quick story from my life: my wife and I both were against this passage to be read at our wedding. We both thought it was too cliché and overused at weddings. So, we picked other readings.
The other reason that I didn’t like this for our wedding was that I think that too often we can see this just as a passage for married couples. I think it is something bigger. God is telling us that our ultimate calling in this life is pretty easy: love. Just love! If we make our decisions in live based out of love, we will spread the Word of God to others through our actions.
When thinking about what your true calling is from God, think about love. Live love, share love, love God, do love. God is love. –Chad Hershberger
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