Prayer: Lord God, open our hearts, minds, and beings to hear your Word and to see our richness because of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 (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: Growing up, my family was not rich. By that I mean we did not have a lot of money to go around. My brothers and I had our needs covered but sometimes at the end of the month there wasn’t any extra money to put into the family savings. When I came of age to know the family matters, my parents always ended every conversation with a saying. They said, “We are rich in so many other ways.”
We are being called into that way of thinking in our reading for today. “For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.”
I came to learn what my parents meant. We were rich in love. We were rich in health. We were rich in having a family where each family member actually cared for each other and wanted to be around each other. In what ways are you rich in your family or in your work? How might you share that richness with others? –Peter Horn, Board Member & Summer Camp Week Chaplain
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