Prayer: Help us be your reflection, God, this day and every day. Amen.
Reading: 2 Timothy 3:14 - 4:5 (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: Part of my morning routine when I arrive at camp is to take a walk through our villages. I use this time for a little exercise, to think about the items I need to accomplish that day, and to have a little “retreat” time. I usually stop in Pine Village and take a few moments to use my “Three Minute Retreats” app that was developed by the Jesuits.
As I did my three minute retreat the other day, it reminded me that often we look at our children and say, “Oh, she takes after her father.” Or, “Oh, he takes after his mother.” We look at children and see characteristics in them that reflect their parents. I know my children have done things that I’ve said to myself, “Wow! They get that from me.”
The retreat then reminded me that people should also see our Heavenly Father reflected in us. It asked the question, “How will people see God in you today?” What a good question to ask ourselves each and every day. How will we reflect the one who created, redeemed, and sustains us? Who will say to us today, “Oh, they take after their Heavenly Father?” --Chad Hershberger
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