Prayer: My Lord, my God, you are the sweetness of my life and all that I love and hold dear. I pray that you watch over me this day and keep me in your tender care. Be with and strengthen me and all those that are in my care this day. Find ways to use me to give witness to your surpassing goodness. In Christ, I pray. Amen.
Reading: Romans 16:25-27 (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 like spy movies and TV shows. I used to have those secret decoder books. I thoroughly enjoyed decrypting puzzle books while my family traveled. Writing a secret message in lemon juice is a cool trick. Don’t we all love a secret that is being disclosed to us. Juicy gossip gets us moving in closer to hear all the tidbits (even if we aren’t supposed to). To what ends will we go to find out more? Don’t we push the boundaries of what is appropriate sometimes, just so we know what others might not.
I wonder sometimes if that is part of the problem. Many don’t still see the radical nature of the disclosed secret—the love of God was hidden in Jesus. How many of us know the secret of Jesus? Do we share it like a valuable knowledge of someone who has done something crazy and reckless? Do we help others to understand that Jesus intends us to change the world one secret at a time…doing justice, loving neighbor, and loving God above all else.
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