Prayer: Help me to see your hand, O God, in new things in my world. Amen
Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 (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: Making all things new. That is St. Paul’s image of the work of God in Jesus. It is a passage that is very meaningful at funeral services. Indeed, we take heart--the old flesh passes away and our loved one is brand new.
I’m always impressed, however, how God continues to make things new even in this life—our flesh and blood life. New life in nature, of course—flowers, fields, grass, night skies. But, once in a while I witness a new relationship. A brokenness healed. A renewed love. A strengthened commitment. A deepened trust. A friendship refreshed. That, too, is God’s work. Making all things new.
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