Prayer: God who is and who was and who is to come, when things are hard to understand, help us remember what is constant is your presence. Amen.
Reading: Revelation 1: 4-8 (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: The book of Revelation is a difficult one to understand. Someday I hope to dig in and study it. In the meantime, the four verses we read today should be manageable, right? So, I read them over and over...and over some more. This is what I noticed:
The statement, (God) who is and who was and who is to come, is in there twice - in verse 4 and verse 8. And, yes, of course there are verses in between about seven spirits, clouds, tribes and wailing but I'm not going to get into that.
At the beginning and at the end of something hard to understand in life, it would be good to remember God is there. He is there in the middle, too. Someday I will know what the spirits, clouds, tribes and wailing are all about. Someday there will be answers to the questions in life about our ups and downs, clouded days, relationships and tears.
Today we are in the middle and God is there. He was there all the yesterdays and will be with us all the tomorrows; the Lord God who is and who was and who is to come. --Ruth Gates
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