Prayer: Thank you for a day of rest as we certainly need it. May we remember to keep it wholly holy. Amen
Reading: Deuteronomy 5: 12-15 (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: My to-do list is a mile long. It lasts the week and always carries over to the next. But one thing I try is to only do spiritually wholesome tasks on a Sunday as I try to keep the Sabbath wholly holy. I have noticed it truly makes a difference in my week.
I happen to be writing this GROW Time devotion early on a Sunday morning. I could be writing my grocery list but I will save that for breakfast time tomorrow. Not going to the grocery store this afternoon if I can help it. I also hope to write a few caring cards today, some “thinking of yous” and some thank yous.
I may have to do some "worky" things from my to-do list today but I will try to see the holiness in the tasks. Andy will come home from scout camp with laundry. I will be thankful for the new dryer that doesn't squeak, is more energy efficient and certainly safer than the 30 year old one it replaced. And I will honor the time Andy spent in service to others over the weekend.
With worship, rest and wholesome to-do list tasks, Sabbath is kept wholly holy. Some Sundays go better than others at that. All I know some Mondays go better than others, too, and it may have something to do with the Sunday before.
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