On Fridays in March, we look at the scripture that our campers will be studying during Day 3 this summer of “Awesome God. Awesome Love.”
Prayer: Sweet Lord Jesus, you build me up when I am weak, you give me hope when I doubt and you love me when the world says I am nothing. Use me and let your goodness flow through me. May your love be stored up in my gifts and poured out to those who need them. Amen.
Reading: 2 Corinthians 4: 7-12 (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: Imagine what it would be like if the cable guys came to fix the signal strength on your new TV (or any other technical skilled repair type scenario). Let’s suppose that they came into your house and put the little clean booties on their feet. Next they made their way over to the broken item, reiterating the symptoms you had called in about in a “What seems to be the problem” type conversation. They smile and nod and say things like “I see,” and “Mmmmhuh.” Then when they have looked around your TV (or whatever it is) they say, “Well, we can see right here what your problem is.” Then they dig into their repair bags and dig out a hammer. “What we need to do is hit it real hard in the middle of the screen. It will work a lot better if it is truly broken!”
The power of God, Paul reminds the First Church of Corinth, is not found in the perfect but in that which appears to be fully broken and almost utterly destroyed. More than that, God tells us through Paul that we imperfect people can be vessels for the work of the Holy. When we feel as though things can’t get any worse (or even just when we need to know that we can do better), God wants us to not believe in our own abilities but to trust in God’s. --Andrew Fitch
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