Prayer: Dear God, may we stay securely established and steadfast in faith. Thank you for the hope promised from the Gospel we have heard. Amen
Reading: Colossians 1:15-28 (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: What holds us together? What keeps us going? How do we stand in front of our awesome God? By staying securely established and steadfast in faith with the hope promised from the Gospel we have heard. That is what Paul explains to the Colossians.
It takes reminding myself of this just about every morning. When everything seems to be sinking sand...news reports, illnesses of loved ones, uncertainties ahead...the words securely established and steadfast in faith are like a rock to stand upon or at least cling to.
So, let's remind ourselves of the good news of the Gospel we have heard and live in the promise of hope. That is what holds us together and keeps us going. It must have helped the the Colossians as the church continued. Surely it will help us today. --Ruth Gates
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