On Fridays in May, we look at the scripture that our campers will be studying during Day 5 this summer of “Awesome God. Awesome Love.”
Prayer: Awesome God, you are more powerful than anything in my ordinary surroundings. Loving God, you choose to love me and guide me this day in your presence. You know what I am about to say before I can even say it. So, I take a moment for you to listen to my heart and for me to be still in you and your awesomeness…Amen.
Reading: Matthew 10: 17-31 (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: The subtitle in my Bible for this text says, “Fear God, Not Man.” Easy for you to say, I thought. Yet, Jesus’ words when I read them again are more startling. Do not fear those who can kill the body versus the One who can kill body and soul and send it all to Hell! I prefer the God who redeems me and sends me to the Great Beyond where there are fluffy clouds, pearly gates and streets of gold. Our God is a God of action, truth and power. I am timid. I feel quite unable to even look upon this superhero of all superheroes.
That’s really it, isn’t it—I am able to relate in my imagination. I like action movies. I like superheroes with their incredible abilities. A guilty pleasure is watching movies like Die Hard or Indiana Jones. In them the hero can say things like, “Well then I’ll see you in hell!” as he banishes an enemy. They don’t worry or wonder about matters of faith. They just do it. They just kill the bad guy.
Back to real life. I think this means I have to speak up when someone says something that is against God or the Kingdom. I can’t let a racist remark slide. I can’t let someone denigrate women or objectify them. I have to stand up for LGBTQIA+ persons. I can’t be afraid of someone who may have power over me in the here and now. God is an awesome God and is over all.
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