Prayer: We are clay jars filled with treasure. Maybe not so much to look at on the outside but it is what is inside that counts. Fill us with the powerful treasure of your Gospel so we may share your love with others. Amen
Reading: 2 Corinthians 4: 5-12 (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: A red clay pot is not fancy but it is perfect for growing fancy flowers. What the pot looks like doesn't really matter. What is growing in it is what is most important. Sure garden centers sell fancy pots but they don't do any better of a job growing plants than an ordinary pot does. In fact, one might say they take some of the attention away from the miracle and beauty of the flower growing.
So it is with us. We are simply clay jars. Nothing fancy but we hold the powerful treasure of the Gospel. Perhaps some people are fancier than others but that is not where the attention is to go. The real miracle and beauty is in what grows from the treasure we hold and share - God's love.
-- Ruth Gates
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