Prayer: We wait patiently with hope asking for your guidance and help always. Amen
Reading: Romans 8: 22-27 (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?
"Hope that is seen is not hope." (Romans 8:24 KJV)
The text continues in verse 25 telling us if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Here lies the confusion, or perhaps we could say, the challenge.
Do we merely wait? For example, if we are sick, should we just lay and bed and hope to get better...waiting patiently? Or should we work, striving toward whatever goal or dream we are hoping for? If we merely wait, we may never achieve that goal.
As we work, waiting for results, we need to also pray for God's guidance and help. Patience may come in handy here, yes, but there is always hope.
-- Alice Yeakel
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