For today's devotional, again we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which is part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers. First, read the passage and then discuss/ponder the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and closing presented.
Reading: Isaiah 42: 1-9
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text? (or for younger kids, which part of the story doesn’t make sense to me?)
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text? (or for younger kids, what is my favorite part of the story?)
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me? (or for younger kids, what does this story remind me of?)
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text? (or for younger kids, what is God or Jesus doing in this story?)
The word "chosen" comes to mind when I read all four texts for this Sunday's lessons. In the Old Testament verse, we are reminded of these words: "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations."
As chosen children of God, we are reminded in Isaiah that he have responsibilities, too. I think we are to spread God's love to others. And, as this verse tells us, we are to bring justice as well.
We are reminded, too, in this passage that God is with us as we do that work. "I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness."
What will you do today to spread God's love and light to others? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Pray for those who need to see the light.
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