Prayer: Gracious and Giving God we thank you for all you have given us. Help us to wait patiently as we watch for your coming. Let us be prepared and ready at any hour. AMEN
Reading: Matthew 24: 36-44 (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: Advent is coming. That means, for a lot of us, it is time to start preparing for Christmas. These verses have us watching and waiting for the coming of the Lord. We need to be awake and ready at any time. As we get ready for Christmas are we trying to do too much? A lot of times we ask each other if we are ready for Christmas. Usually we say we are not and we have lists of things to do. The real item that needs to be ready is our heart. Are our hearts ready and open for the coming of the Lord? Do you need to slow down and do less to be less stressed and be more in the spirit? As Christmas approaches I hope I can truly say I am ready for the coming of the Lord and not be stressed with all the non-essential details. --Charlene Rineer
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