Prayer: Thank you, God, for not only forgiving but also forgetting our sins. Help us to remember your gracious love and share it with others. Amen
Reading: Jeremiah 31: 31-34 (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?
For (the Lord) will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. --Jeremiah 31: 34
Just recently with college housemates I had not seen in years, I recalled things the others had forgotten. In my family I am like a historian. Major to miniscule, I remember everything...or at least a lot more than the others. This can be a fun, good thing or a difficult, bad thing. Good for the good times enjoyed again in retelling; bad for the bad times when recalling brings back grudges.
Well, as a friend and I often say, "It's a good thing God is God and I'm not." The good news in Jeremiah is that the Lord forgive and forgets our sins. More good news: God can change us from the inside out, putting his law in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. He is our God and we are His. Now, that is something to remember! --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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