Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, may we find sanctuary here on earth and someday with you in heaven. Amen.
Reading: Hebrews 9: 38-44 (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: I love churches. From the simplest country church to the grandest cathedral. No matter which I am in, the sense of worship and praise within those walls is so real to me I can feel it in my heart. I think of the people who built it and those who sing and pray together there. I can't help but join in. The sanctuary of God's creation also brings me a worshipful sense of awe and wonder. Gazing at the horizon where the ocean meets the sky as unending waves rush to shore. The lofty canopy of trees in a still forest.
Christ entered a sanctuary not made by human hands and even better by far than God's own creation here on earth. Can you imagine? Better than the biggest potluck dinner in a tiny church basement. Better than the most ornate stained glass window casting colors across a cathedral floor. Christ entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence. We will enter heaven someday, too. As someone I know recently said after one of those potluck dinners in a church basement, "I am never leaving this place!" Amen. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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