Prayer: Ever listening God, may our faithfulness be sounded frequently and loudly to your good pleasure. Amen.
Reading: Ephesians 1: 15-23 (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: What stands out to me in this text is the level of God’s power, “incomparable greatness.” God exercises this immense power towards us! This power raised Christ Jesus from the consequence of decomposition to perfection of eternal “heading.” That same power draws us to Christ’s head and makes us form into His body. What a strange and wonderful image.
We may be amazed by modern marvels as the work of our own hands, but all good things pale in comparison to this massive power over death and gathering us all together into his triumphant life. Even more than that, the good works of our hands are a result of that same great power. Take a step back and marvel at all the good that God can do. There is nothing that our God cannot do.—Andrew Fitch
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