Prayer: Let me be the peacemaker, O Lord.
Reading: Colossians 3:1-11 (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 only it could happen—that the whole world put away these earthly things: anger, wrath, malice, abuse, and abusive language. The world is full of it. We can’t avoid it. The news is quite depressing—day after day after day after day. Killings in ever more creative ways. Name calling, disrespect. Yet another political convention began yesterday.
Put these things away, says Paul. Be renewed in the image of the world’s creator. If only…if only…
Paul concludes that in that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free. But Christ is all and in all.
Where can this effort for peace begin? With you and me, sister and brother. With you and me. We cannot control the behavior of others, but we can control ours. We can put away our prejudice and fears. We can see the other as another human being loved by God. Always!!!
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. --Jim Bricker
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