Prayer: Dear God, help us to trust in you for victory even as we struggle. Amen
Reading: Romans 8: 12-25 (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: Paul definitely suffered. There is no doubt about that. Beatings, imprisonment, shipwrecks and illness. But he insists with absolute conviction that future rewards will outweigh all present sufferings. I recently read a headline about Olympic Gold Medalist, Simone Biles, defending taking a year off after winning at the Summer 2016 Olympics. She told the critics to talk to her after they train for 14 years and win 5 medals.
The Christian's life on earth may involve many difficulties but the end result will make them seem worthwhile. The Spirit teaches us the benefits of being a child of God while we trust in Christ for victory over sin. --Ruth Gates
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