Prayer: As we look for good in this world, God, be our eyes to see you and your love in others. Amen.
Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9 (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: “I give thanks to my God always for you…” is how our passage today starts out. Paul is saying to the Corinthians that he is always thankful for these people. He is showing his gratitude.
We just had a holiday which caused us to pause and reflect on what we were thankful for and to count our blessings. Hopefully you used this Thanksgiving season to do just that. I’m sure you saw how many positive things were in your life.
Recently, I was reading some evaluations from an event we held at camp. Many of the forms were so positive about the speaker, the event, the facilities, the food, and the staff. But a few had negative comments. I thought some of them were very nit-picky. I remarked that I wish people would look for the positives in things and not focus on the negatives. Sure, I want us to improve upon what we do but I think all too often we look for the negative in things and not the positive.
“I give thanks to my God always…” Let’s also give thanks and gratitude and positive thoughts to all those we meet along life’s road. –Chad Hershberger
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