Prayer: May every moment of this day be a window for grace to flow into my soul. Amen
Reading: Romans 8: 12-17 (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?
When we cry, “Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ - if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. --Romans 8: 15b-17
My belief is that when you're telling the truth, you're close to God. If you say to God, "I'm exhausted and depressed beyond words, and I don't like You at all right now,..." that might be the most honest thing you've ever said....So prayer is our sometimes real selves trying to communicate with the Real, with Truth, with the Light. (Prayer) is...hoping to be found by a light and warmth...instead of darkness and cold. - Anne Lamott, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
Go ahead, the Spirit says. Name it all, and let it all go. I am your Abba, the Loving Spirit who cries out to you, turning your every struggle into a window of opportunity for Grace to flow into all your empty places. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper (parts shared from a 2014 Lenten Devotional - too deep for words)
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