Prayer: God, we thank you for the power of your Kingdom. Because of your great love, that heavenly Kingdom reverses this fallen world- it turns everything upside down for your glory and by your grace. May we always delight in our weaknesses and remember to put first, those who are last. In your Holy name, Amen.
Reading: 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10 (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: “Reverse, reverse (sound of a tape rewinding). Reverse, reverse (sound of a tape rewinding.” Those are some of lyrics (and sound effects) of the well-known dance, the Cha-Cha Slide and it came to mind as I was reading today’s Bible passage. You may be familiar of God’s great reversal in the Gospel of Luke (13:30 NIV) - “Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.” The great reversal is a great example of just how powerful God’s grace is. Today’s passage can be included in that great reversal because it tells us that in Christ, our weaknesses are reversed, and they become what makes us strong.
In this passage from 2 Corinthians, Paul is encouraging the Corinthians as he hears of their improved faith, and he further instructs them on remaining humble and rooting themselves in Christ. He does this by using himself as an example. Paul chooses not to boast about his accomplishments, but to rest in the power of Christ. God’s grace is sufficient for Paul and is sufficient for us as well as the Corinthians Paul was writing to.
Whatever journey you are on may be long, your sorrows may be great, but Christ invites us to walk with him and with each other as one body. So come walk with us. For when we are weak, Christ makes us strong- “Reverse, reverse (sound of a tape rewinding).”
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