Prayer: Lord God, open wide our ears, eyes, hearts, and minds to be your people in the world. Amen.
Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 (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: “Open wide!” How often have we heard parents or perhaps said this ourselves to a baby or toddler when trying to feed them? Sometimes we get the big, wide open expectant mouth when the good food like pizza, French fries, carrots, or bananas. Sometimes we get the mouth clamped shut, refusing to open for the unpleasant green beans, spinach, brussel sprouts, or anything with onions in it.
That seems to be the same thing we see in our reading. Paul lists lots of things we like to do (purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God). And also he lists many things that are very unpleasant (through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger). Then he urges us and the Corinthians to “open wide!”
In the faith there is no choosing the good stuff over the bad stuff. Paul knew this, those Christians who have gone before us knew this, and we know it too. May we “open wide” for all God’s ministry in the world, realizing that it is not all roses but may be some thorns as well. --Peter Horn, Board Member & Summer Camp Week Chaplain
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