Prayer: Dear God, help us to tell the old, old story until we sing the new, new song in glory. Amen
Reading: I John 5: 9-13 (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: I (John) write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. I John 9: 13
Reminds me of the last verse of the old hymn:
I love to tell the story;
For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting
To hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory,
I sing the new, new song,
'Twill be the old, old story
That I have loved so long.
I love to tell the story,
'Twill be my theme in glory
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and his love.
Yes, many know the story and yet it is still good for them to hear it. As John explained, he was writing to people who believed but he wrote anyway so they would know they have eternal life. Tell or sing the story of Jesus and his love; for yourself to hear, for others to hear again and for those who have never heard. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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