Prayer: Jesus, we thank you for being on our team. Amen.
Reading: Romans 8:26-39 (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: If you have never heard of the band Rend Collective, in addition to today’s scripture reading, I would like to share with you one of their songs called “More Than Conquerors.” When reading this scripture, this song immediately popped into my head and this band has a very unique folk/worship style that I found appeals to many. Please enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p8_4NbrcKA
Since spending many summers as a camper at Mount Luther and now on staff as a counselor, I have come to learn that music is one way that I enjoy feeding my faith and connecting with Christ. We sing ALL the time at camp! This song has been one that I have been fond of and have found especially uplifting on the days that have me dragging my feet. In the song there is a line that says “(Christ) You are the power in our veins,” and that is incredibly powerful imagery. In today’s scripture Paul tells us that the Spirit helps us in our weakness- that’s the Spirit flowing through our veins!
So as we are called to be children of God, we do not have to worry about whether or not we have the strength to follow through with all that He has planned for us. Reread the last paragraph of the scripture and imagine it like a brick wall- the present, the future, angels, demons, height, depth, and anything else in all creation- it can all feel like it is building up, creating a scary-looking wall. But never fear! None of these things will be able to separate us from the love of God, God is on OUR team. We are conquerors through Christ who will always have the strength to knock down that brick wall in front of us! Hallelujah! --Anne Harshbarger
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