Prayer: Jesus, reveal yourself to me, especially in the dark places. Amen.
Reading: Isaiah 60:1-9 (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: We are transitioning from the Advent and Christmas seasons to Epiphany. In this scripture reading, it’s all about light. What an appropriate theme as we begin to talk in church about how Jesus reveals himself to us! It is the in the light that many things are revealed. I often can’t find my glasses in the dark until I shed some light in the room. I like it at Christmastime when we have the electric candles in our windows because I can walk around the house at night and can see where I am going. Light helps to reveal what is in the darkness.
In the same way Jesus is the light that reveals what is in the darkness. He comes to us and shows us that is the Way, the Truth, and the Light. What are some other ways that Jesus reveals himself to you, especially in the dark areas of your life? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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