Prayer: Continue to renew us each day and help us to see your plan for our lives. Amen.
Reading: 2 Corinthians 4: 13- 5:1 (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: This is the first week of staff training. I’m tired. But as one of my former staff used to say, “But, it’s a good tired!” We’ve been training with staff for a few days now and are very active. I’m walking more than I usually do. My work days are longer. But it feels good.
I also notice quite a bit that I can’t do what I could do physically when I was a counselor nearly 30 years ago. I don’t always like to admit that, but my limitations are greater than when I was 18-years-old.
Our scripture today reminds us that “Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.” When I think about that, it makes me happy. Because I do think at times that I’ve turned a corner. I may not be able to physically do what I used to be able to do; but, I have lots of experience to share with others and I am continually growing in my spiritual life. I enjoy helping to teach the youngsters here at camp and sharing my “war stories.” Maybe that is part of God’s big plan. When you are young, you can physically share your gifts more. When you are older, you can mentally and spiritually share your gifts more. God’s got a job for each of us, no matter our age.
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