For today's devotional, again we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which will also be a big part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers this summer. First, read the passage and then discuss the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and ponder the quote presented.
Reading: James 5: 19-20
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text? (or for younger kids, which part of the story doesn’t make sense to me?)
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text? (or for younger kids, what is my favorite part of the story?)
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me? (or for younger kids, what does this story remind me of?)
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text? (or for younger kids, what is God or Jesus doing in this story?)
Reunions. Author and minister Robert Fulghum says they are a ritual of life. He says they take us back to a time long ago, affirming our relationships. We need reunions to remind us where we were and how far we have come.
Reunions take many forms. They can be big planned reunions, like family or class reunions; or they can be small reunions between friends getting together over coffee. They can be unplanned reunions, like when you bump into someone you haven't seen in awhile. Reunions in all shapes and forms are a part of life.
In a previous devotion, I told you about "The Breakfast Club," a group of people who were very different but shared a common experience and became close friends. Several years later we had a reunion of sorts. All but one of us gathered to have brunch on a Saturday morning at a restaurant. The group was a little larger then as a few had spouses now, too.
It was great to see all of them that day. We picked up where we left off and caught up with our lives. What was neat about this reunion was that we didn't spend much time talking about our shared past experiences. Instead, we talked about our jobs, our ever changing lives, and what we were doing now.
Over a meal, we were a club again, sharing our lives, catching up, and looking ahead to future plans. "We should do this more often." That age-old adage went through my mind but whether or not it happens again remains to be seen. But as we went our separate ways, back to our busy lives, there was a solace in the fact that for two hours we took time out to eat together and share with one another.
Enjoy the reunions of your lives. It is our bridge to who we were and what we once did. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Think of someone you haven't seen in awhile. Make plans for a reunion- either in person, electronically, or
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