Prayer: Dear God, you love the whole world. Let us spread that love being a light reaching out to all. Amen
Reading: John 3: 14-21 (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 passage contains probably one of the best known verses in the whole Bible… For God so loved the world.... We sing these words many times as a choir anthem. It is such an all-encompassing statement. God does not single out one group or another. God loves us all.
Now if only we could but love one another and show respect and understanding. But we can’t achieve this if we don’t first recognize and respect our own purpose. In order to care about others we must allow ourselves to grow in God’s grace and share that blessing.
There is a tradition of keeping one lit candle in a window beckoning travelers toward a safe haven where they can find refuge. We must strive to be that light by reaching out to all. -- Alice Yeakel
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