Prayer: Dear God, we return to you in prayer over and over again about the thorns in our lives. Help us to pause our pleading, know your grace and feel your power. Amen.
Reading: 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10 (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: Three times Paul pleaded with God to take away the thorn in his flesh which tormented him. Three times. Seems he could have pleaded more often and a lot longer, don't you think? But he clearly says he pleaded three times. That's it and he got an answer. God said to Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Our prayers probably sound like a broken record compared to Paul. Still, God's grace is sufficient for us and His power is made perfect in our weakness. Maybe we could pause after every third prayer to know it and feel it. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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