Prayer: Lord, show me someone to serve today. Amen.
Reading: Daniel 7:13-14 (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: Dreams are sometimes disturbing but mostly fascinating. Some dreams reveal things that are true. Sometimes dreams have been known to make God known. Such is this little vision. Daniel sees a human-like person (rather than a beast as in a former dream), given God’s authority—dominion, glory, kingship. Then a purpose is stated— “that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him.” There is, of course, the reality that Jesus later claims this God-given authority as belonging to Him. But, setting that aside for now, I am struck by the image of servanthood. We Christians (and others) talk about service and serving—God and our neighbors. There are always questions about how to best do that. But, for today I want us to just consider this—serving means we are looking away from ourselves toward others. Rotary International has a helpful motto: “Service Above Self.” That just about does it, I think. Whom might we serve today? Let us consciously and intentionally serve someone near us today and in so doing serve our God.
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