Prayer: Help me, Lord, to live every day as your saved creature.
Reading: Romans 13:11-14 (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 few weeks before the national election, my neighbor and I had a conversation which was somewhat disturbing to me. We are on opposite sides politically. That’s o.k. That conversation didn’t bother me. What bothered me was his comment, “I think we are in the end times anyhow, so it doesn’t really matter who wins. I don’t think our children have much of a future.” I was stunned. The depressed resignation made me sad.
St. Paul followed end-time thoughts quite differently. “Live honorably.” Live always as those who are in Jesus Christ. Live in the light. Live! Martin Luther’s often quoted idea is appropriate here. “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” In Jesus Christ we live this life.
I don’t give much thought to the end times. I just keep living as if time is endless. Even if civilization as we know it ends tomorrow, we still live faithfully today. That just makes a lot of sense to me. It means that each and every day is full of good things. We live each day honorably. God will take care of the last day. --Jim Bricker
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