Prayer: Dear God, we joyfully give you thanks for all the blessings in our lives. Amen
Reading: Colossians 1: 11-20 (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: Something was different this Fall. Stores held back and there was less red and green in the midst of the orange and black the last week of October. It was a nice change. I know someone who then couldn't wait any longer and immediately switched from pumpkin spice everything to merrily sipping eggnog while listening to Christmas music. And I am hearing stores announcing they will be closed Thanksgiving Day so families and friends can be together.
Seems the holidays always overlap a bit. Colossians 1: 11, 12 talks of joyfully giving thanks to the Father. With that in mind and with Merry Christmas starting in the midst of Happy Thanksgiving, let's make the most of it and be Merrily Thankful. Different indeed. --Ruth Gates
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