Prayer: Lord, help me to meet people the way you meet them. Amen
Reading: Galatians 6: (1-6) 7-16 (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: When is the last time you experienced something entirely new? Not something with a new twist. Not something refreshed. But, something brand spanking new?
St. Paul speaks of something new. It is a new community made up of all sorts of people. In this case a community consisting of both Jews and non-Jews. It’s an unthinkable possibility for biblical Jews. Paul calls it “the family of faith.” It is not a family made up of Jews or a family of non-Jews. It is just a family united by the cross.
On Wednesdays this summer at Camp Mount Luther the theme is “Jesus Meets Us on the
Cross.” One of the focus points is there is no border that God cannot “cross over.” Surely, St. Paul agrees.
I am discouraged by the current sense of wanting to exclude Muslims from our nation. The seemingly general sense of self-preservation and “me-ism” invading our culture scares me. The idea that there are people that are summarily dismissed from our society depresses me.
Just for today, maybe, let us include all people in our lives. Let us look on the whole world as people whom God meets on the cross. --Jim Bricker
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