Prayer: Dear God, thank you for picking all of us as your favorites. Amen
Reading: Acts 10: 34-43 (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: Bear with me as I connect today's reading with the March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament. How? Then Peter began to speak, "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism, but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right." (v. 34, 35).
So, out of all the college basketball teams, 64 are invited to "The Dance", as it is called. Then the bracket picking begins and everyone chooses their favorites of who is going to win at each step of the way from the original 64 teams to the Sweet 16 all the way down to the Champions! In each game, one team is the favorite to win by their predetermined rank. Still, personal favorites or favorites by ranking, it all comes down to each game. One team wins and goes on; one team loses and goes home. Single elimination - continue or done. Your favorites lose and your brackets are busted. Oh, the drama of March Madness!
Well, I am certainly glad God does not have favorites. We are all invited to "The Dance"! Along the way we are going to do right and do wrong, win some and lose some. Honestly, who of us would make it to the Elite Eight, let alone the Final Four? The Good News is, by the grace of God, all of us get to go on in His love. God does not show favoritism but accepts us all! That is something to cheer about. Thanks be to God! --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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