Prayer: Heavenly Father, we have learned your commands from pastors, teachers and friends. May our love for you be evident in how we live our lives and obey your laws. Guide us to follow our hearts to you. Amen
Reading: Exodus 20: 1-17 (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: I was truly stumped with what to write about The Ten Commandments. Fortunately, my other daily devotion, the Moravian Daily Text, saved the day with Saturday, February 28th's scripture verses, hymn stanzas and even the prayer. Honestly, I was procrastinating starting my writing by reading something else and, lo and behold, there was exactly what I needed. So, please accept my simply sharing:
I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8 (NRSV)
O teach us all your perfect will
to understand and fulfill:
when human insight fails, give light;
this will direct or steps aright.
In fact, this is love for Good: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome. I John 5:3 (NIV)
Who in Christ find greatest treasure
and upon his grace depend;
who but want to do his pleasure,
just fulfilling his commands;
who to Jesus humbly cleaving
pay obedience to his word,
who in closest union living
with our Savior, Head and Lord.
(from the Moravian Daily Texts 2015, Interprovincial Board of Communication, Moravian Church of North America)
--Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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