Prayer: Thank you, God, for being near us always. When we feel far away, you haven't moved. Draw us closer to you. Amen
Reading: Isaiah 65: 1-9 (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: An older couple was driving behind a young couple in a convertible. The wife observed, “Look at how close they are sitting to each other. We used to sit that close. Why not now?” The husband replied, “Well, I haven’t moved."
God calls out to us, “Here I am. Why do you turn your backs and walk away?” God hasn't moved. He is right here for us all the time.
-- Alice Yeakel
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