Prayer: Gracious God, we thank you for choosing to save us and make us your own. We love you for teaching us a deep spiritual patience for difficulties in live that you can transform into a growth and change for the good. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 28: 16-20 (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?
Even on such a beautiful and glorious day, the brokenness was there. “The Eleven” – Judas had handed over the Messiah to the soldiers. The scars remain. The Holy Trinity has scars. Our crucified God has scars. To many in the world, that might not seem like a god, or even THE God. Indeed, the God that choses to come among us and lift us up, absorbing our violent hatred and turning into love, swallowing up death and breathing out an alive vocation—that is the truest and realest God above all false gods.
It may be hard to understand the Trinity, but it isn’t hard to understand that God would have to do some pretty hard and unusual things to save us from ourselves. So, the Creator created a permanent loop for us to follow out of our own destructive paths. It might not seem very “Godly” to non-believers, but it is the only path that works. The unbreakable loops of the Trinity swing low into our sin and death, pulling and breaking it apart with the love and life that defines God. --Andrew Fitch
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