Prayer: Giving God, may we always remember to thankful as we live our lives in you. Amen
Reading: Colossians 2: 6-15 (16-19) (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: Remember to say "Thank you!" we tell our children over and over. Or sometimes we prompt them with, "What do you say?" after they receive a treat or a kindness. "Thank you!" is the fill-in-the-blank answer to that one. Right along with asking, "What is the magic word?" (fill-in-the-blank answer - "Please"), it seems we put a lot of value and effort into teaching courtesy and gratitude because it is important. It makes a difference in our communications and relationships.
As we live our lives as Christians in God's love and sharing that love with others, courtesy and gratitude is just as important as those repeated lessons from childhood. If it is so important for a parent to teach a child to say, "Thank you.", imagine how much more important it is for us to live in gratitude not only with those around us but with God.
Everyone breathes a sigh, is touched in the heart and feels closer in spirit when the young child sweetly says, "Thank you." Most likely, the child also feels more of a connection in the relationship, too. Surely it is the same with our heavenly Father. Let's be abounding in thanksgiving! --Ruth Gates
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