Editor’s Note: We continue today with our look at this summer’s Day 3 curriculum of “Water of Life.” Wednesday’s Theme is “At the Well—Enough for Everyone.”
Prayer: Dear God, when other people complain about the rain, help us to give thanks and know that we need rainy days. We need you and your love on all days! In your name we pray, Amen.
Reading: Hosea 6:1-3 (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: Sometimes at camp, the weather can really change the activities and the mood of everyone. There are a number of outside events that need dry weather. You might know the chant, “Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day.” Sometimes we don’t want it to be raining. We want to be out in the sunshine and doing things without getting wet. Remember, however, the times when it has not rained in a long time. When it does finally rain, it makes everything so much better. We need regular rain.
The prophet Hosea described the coming of God like the spring rains—a welcome arrival of a good thing. Every living thing needs water. We might not always like it, but we need rain. We need God even more.
Just like everyone doesn’t always like it when it rains, a lot of people don’t realize that they need God. We need to help others know that God loves them, and is good for them. God is good for everything that is alive. God makes us more alive and wet with goodness! --Andrew Fitch
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