Prayer: Give us hope as we look to the future. Amen.
Reading: I Thessalonians 4: 13-18 (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: The end of this verse was very interesting when I read it. “Therefore encourage one another with these words,” it said. What hit me when I read that was the words before it talked about death. How can death be encouraging?
But when you look at the words a little more, you see that it can be encouraging when we talk about the hope of the resurrection. Paul is telling us here that when Jesus comes back, he will meet first with those who are in Christ. And, those who are alive with also join the heavenly chorus of God’s people.
So, yeah, when you visualize how great that will be, even though we talk about death and those who have died, it is encouraging. The trumpet will sound, the dead will be raise, the living will join them and it will truly be a fun time with Jesus, don’t you think? --Chad Hershberger
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