Prayer: Leading Father, may we always remember to put your first as we put things in order in our lives. Amen
Reading: 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13 (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: Anyone who knows me knows I have a thing about getting my ducks in a row. I actually learned the phrase from my mother-in-law who is extremely good at getting her ducks in a row. Mine don't always line up so well. But I try and usually things go better when they do.
As Paul says farewell in his 2nd letter to the people of Corinth, he lists a few things he wants them to remember to do. The first is, "Put things in order." I think Paul is telling them, "Get your ducks in a row." Obviously Paul knows it just goes better when things are put in order; when the ducks are in a row. Perhaps the thing to put first is God. --Ruth Gates
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