Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for creating such a wildly beautiful world. Help me remember your creative power when I see everything that you have made. Amen.
Reading: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 (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 love how the world looks from up in an airplane. If you’re above a city, you can see the traffic patterns and just how many people are making their way in the world. If you’re over mountains, you can see where the trees start and stop and even where some large trails meander through the landscape. If you find yourself over the plains, you can see where acres of farmland are outlined, and which fields are resting. It’s an amazing perspective.
The text for today offers the image of God using a gigantic and mighty hand to form the earth. “He drew a circle on the face of the deep (v. 27)….He marked the foundations of the earth (v. 29)….” From the clouds, when we look down and things seem small, we can imagine God’s hand creating things that are otherwise too enormous to comprehend. I need to hear words like this—words that remind me that God is bigger than anything that is troubling me. There are lots of places that remind us of God’s presence in small things, but this passage gives us an image of God’s gigantic, awesome, enormity. When I remember that God’s hand brought all of creation into being, I’m comforted to know that God’s love is enormous too. I am grateful for God’s crazy-big love. –Sarah Hershberger
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