Prayer: Thanks God for giving me the right to boast.
Reading: Romans 5:6-11 (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: Today’s text is an alternate story for day 3 of this summer’s camp curriculum, “La Frontera.”
Things happen. And we ask, “So what?” Things happen. And we ask “Now what?” St. Paul must have wondered about Jesus’ death and resurrection. The church at Rome pondered those things. And we, too, might reflect anew on the meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
“So what?” Well, at least a part of the answer is that the death and resurrection is for us. Sinners and enemies that we are, God loves us and reconciles us. That’s what.
“Now what?” Brag, boast, crow--in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. “Look what God has done and is doing!” God give us a lot to brag about.
Have a great Holy Week. Boast in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. --Jim Bricker
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