Prayer: Be near me, Lord Jesus. Amen
Reading: Luke 2:1-7 (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: As I write this, we are in a two-hour “snow” delay here at camp. It’s Christmas Day in July! We can stay in our jammies ‘til after brunch, if we want—it’s not ‘til 10:15. (Camp folk understand, right?)
Tonight’s staff worship will be a full-blown candlelight Christmas service. I’m excited. And I really like it when we do Christmas in July. It is another way that I am reminded that God, Immanuel, takes on flesh and lives in and among us. Not just at Christmas, but every day of our lives.
What’s your favorite Christmas carol? I dug up “The Friendly Beasts” for staff worship. Not that it is my favorite; I just think it will be fun to sing. And “Away in a Manger” is not necessarily my favorite either. But his morning that is the one running through my head. Sing with me: verse 3.
Be near me, Lord Jesus: I ask you to stay
close by me forever and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in your tender care
and fit us for heaven, to live with you there.
--Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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