Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for adopting us as your children. Help us to be led by the Spirit. Glory be! Amen
Reading: Romans 8: 14-17 (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: Romans 8 speaks of being adopted children of God. Having adopted our second child, I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that she is our child. With a spirit of love from the moment she was placed in our arms, she was in our family. That's it. I don't know how else to put it. Led by love, it is true in my heart and I hope she knows it to her very core. We celebrate her as our own.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God...you have received a spirit of adoption. (v. 14, 15b) That's it. No other way to put it. Led by the Spirit of God, we are children of God. It is true in God's heart and God hopes we know it to our very core. We will be glorified with him.
If Rachel ever has doubts, she can go back to our words of love for her. If we ever have doubts, we can go back to God's words of love for us. Beyond our earthly families, we are God's children. Glory be! --Ruth Gates
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