Prayer: Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Amen
Reading: Proverbs 3:5-6
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: As Chad mentioned last week, our Friday devotions this month look at Day 3 of our summer curriculum. This year, we will be studying “A Love That Never Ends,” looking at how five Old Testament heroes were shown love for God and learning how that love is part of our lives, too. On Wednesdays this summer, we will look at the story of Jonah.
Did you find a rock, last Friday, as Chad suggested? Were you reminded about someone who needs your forgiveness? Did the rock in your pocket remind you of God’s love for you?
These are difficult things. There are people we just do not want to forgive. And it is sometimes very difficult for us to remember and believe that we are forgivable and forgiven. Because we are not God, we tend to live following what we have learned, our insights on life. And those insights make forgiveness problematic for us at times. But today we are encouraged to trust in the Lord and to not rely on our own insight. As we are able to do that, we find a God who forgives far more than we would and the gift of forgiveness becomes real. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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