Prayer: Jesus, reduce me to love which is the greatest. Amen
Reading: I 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: I found it! The song I learned in youth group many, many years ago but now only remember the chorus:
If I have not charity,
If love does not flow from me,
I am nothing.
Jesus reduce me to love.
Here is the link and I hope it works for you to click and play: https://youtu.be/D2GWuZ8KjXE
What really gets me in the song and has stuck with me all these years is the very last line - Jesus reduce me to love. Of all the things I try to be and try to do, what only matters is love. It must be love. So I pray Jesus reduce me to love.
And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. (I Cor. 13: 13)
I believe my youth group leader taught us that song (and He is Alive!, for that matter) from love. Yes, she was the coolest in our eyes because she played the guitar but her songs would have meant nothing to us if she did not seem to have a love for Jesus and for a bunch of squirrely kids. That was the greatest.
-- Ruth Gates
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