Prayer: God, help us to see others in new ways. Amen.
Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (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: It’s hard to forget the past. The collection of memories that we have sticks with us, especially of people who’ve been part of our travels.
That’s why I have a problem with the phrase, “Forgive and forget.” I can be forgiving, but it is hard to forget what happened. This scripture reminds me that I need to forget.
St. Paul tells us that we knew Jesus in human form but now we shouldn’t view him in that way. Instead, he has changed into something new. And, when we are reconciled with our fellow humans, we need to look at the new instead of the old. So, yeah, we need to forgive and forget.
We see that this week in our Gospel reading. The father forgives the prodigal son. He sees him in a new way and doesn’t dwell on the past. He is ready to start anew. Who are you ready to start anew with this day? --Chad Hershberger
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