Prayer: Help us to live in the good of your mysteries, God, and see Jesus in new ways. Amen.
Reading: Ephesians 3:1-12 (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: Happy Epiphany! Today is the day that we celebrate when the magi came to see the Christ Child. It marks the end of the season of Christmas and the beginning of a new church season, Epiphany. During this season of the church year, we see how Jesus was revealed.
In our passage today from St. Paul, he talks about mysteries. I’ve been thinking a lot about mysteries lately. Since I was in elementary school, I’ve loved mystery stories. Trying to figure out “who done it” is a challenge for me. But lately I’ve been thinking about mysteries in the context of the Bible, especially the creation story. We really don’t know all the details about how God created the heavens and the earth. But do we have to? Maybe it is better if it is a mystery to us.
Why did the wisemen trust following the star? Do we really know how many of them went to the manger? How old was Jesus when they arrived? And, do we really need to know the answers to these questions?
What is more important is that we have faith in God and trust in God’s work here on earth. So, embrace the mystery this Epiphany season! Jesus will be revealed to us in new and exciting ways in the future! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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