Prayer: Dear God, we boast in our hope. Not to brag but to share your glory. Thank you for pouring your love into our hearts. May our hope bring your love to others. Amen
Reading: Romans 5: 1-5 (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: I remember learning as a child that brag was a bad word in the sense that bragging was a bad thing to do. So imagine my dismay when I came across small albums of black and white baby pictures of my brothers and me and on the cover of each were the words, "My Bragging Book". I could not believe my parents would have such things and a bit embarassed,too! Eventually I understood these were photos taken by a professional photographer and put in the albums provided. Fine 8x10 portraits were framed and hung; the albums tucked away. Bragging really wasn't our style.
Boasting in our hope shares the glory of God. This is not bragging. Bragging would make it sound like hope is only ours, we are most important because we have hope and everyone else is...hopeless! No, our hope is to be shared in a boasting way which brings love and welcomes all. To God be the glory!
-- Ruth Gates
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