Prayer: Living God, as we die to sin, make us alive in Christ. Amen
Reading: Romans 6: 1b-11 (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: Reading the text for today a few times, I began to notice the words death and dying over and over and over. The words life and living were there, too, but the death:life ratio was about 2:1. The point of the beginning verses of Romans 6 is to be Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ. Apparently Paull needed to tell us about the death part twice as much as the life.
Well, sin is hard to overcome. So maybe we need to be doubly reminded how important it is to let go of it. However, the feelings of peace of being alive in Christ will far outnumber, maybe even double, the difficulties of dying to sin. So, is it 2:1 or 1:2? (I never was good with math.) --Ruth Gates
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