Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on June 29, 2013.
Prayer: God, we praise you in many ways and often make a joyful noise until you. Thank you for listening to us and giving us the opportunity to worship you in many different ways. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 11: 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: Dancing is not something I am very good at or enjoy very much. I guess I don't have too much rhythm. But, I have been known to dance occasionally if the mood strikes me. More often than not I would rather sit and watch others do "the groove thing."
Some people say they cannot sing. I don't believe that. Once, I heard a choir director say that everyone can sing, some just sing better than others, which is true. I think that can also be said for dancing. Everyone can dance, some just do it better than others.
If we are singing or dancing for God, it doesn't matter if we do it well. God does not care how good we are. God instead is just glad that we praise and worship God through dance and song. --Chad Hershberger
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