Prayer: Lord God, send us your Spirit and help us to see you in out lives. Amen
Reading: Ephesians 5:13-25 (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: They tell me that in Pennsylvania you are never more than an hour from a winery. Many of the wineries in our area have decks or lawns where on Friday nights, usually, something is going on—live music or some sort of fund-raiser. My wife, June, and I recently went to Buck’s Valley Winery for a benefit because we had heard that a friend would be there whom we had not seen for maybe 20 years. It was a great visit.
If we are never more than an hour from a winery, we are never more than a second from the Spirit. St. Paul reminds us today about the difference between spirits (wine in this case) and the Spirit. Being filled with one or the other makes a big difference! In some ways, we had the best of both worlds at our outing. Good wine and renewal of an old friendship. Did I mention that we sat at a table with two folks we didn’t know? Guess what—new friends, too.
Don’t you think the Spirit makes those kinds of things happen? I do. And I suppose the spirits help, too! But, in the end God meets us in the Spirit. Renews friendships and makes new ones and who knows what’s next?
Where is God meeting you today? --Jim Bricker
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