Prayer: Dear God, thank you for committing to pour your love into our hearts. May we bring ourselves close to the stillness of your love and be filled. Amen
Reading: Romans 5: 1-8 (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?
You know you are running out of things to talk about when reading a cooking magazine at the breakfast table leads to a fascinating discussion of the Proper Way to Pour. Funny thing is we learned a lot from that column. Even better, when I read today’s text to write this devotion, the word pour popped out at me. I know something about that!
…God’s love has been poured into our hearts… (v. 5)
Here are a couple Proper Way to Pour tips that also pertain to God’s love:
For a liquid to pour in a neat stream, there should be some force behind it. Commit to the pour instead of tilting the pot or pan slowly. God’s love has been poured into our hearts. Not dribbled slowly; not spilled down the side. But poured into. God committed to fill our hearts with love.
The stiller the liquid, the easier the pour. Sloshing liquid is far messier to pour than still liquid, so bring the catch vessel to your cookware rather than the other way around. There is a stillness to God’s love and it is easier to be filled with that love when we bring ourselves close to God through worship, service, prayer, song, community, study.
(The Proper Way to Pour – from Cook’s Illustrated, Number 153, July & August 2018)
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