On Fridays in March, we look at the scripture that our campers will be studying during Day 3 this summer of “Awesome God. Awesome Love.”
Prayer: Good and gracious God, you watch over us all. You never fail to love us. Help us to follow you with total devotion and boldness of faith. Amen.
Reading: Daniel 3 (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: This story is like a favorite song that once you hear it start on the radio, you turn up the volume and lean into the beat. For me there are a number of verses that ring like a chorus of superb harmony. Like any classic, I can remember it being read by a favorite preacher of mine, “But if not, let it be known to you, O King, that we don’t serve your gods, and we will not pay homage to the golden statue that you have erected.” I love that part, partly because I know what happens later. “Wasn’t it three men that we tied up and threw into the furnace?”
God does not always act the way we think God should. The three men, Shad, Mesh, and Ben don’t act the way we think they should. At the end, even the king does not act the way he used to. His heart is turned by fire towards the most high God. He unexpectedly starts singing the great song of love that has gone viral in his head.
Of course the best part of a great song is sharing it with others! --Andrew Fitch
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