Prayer: Dear God, put your law in our minds and write it on our hearts. May we all know you are our God and we are your people. Amen
Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34 (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: Uncle Marcus passed away last week. He was 93 and remembered lovingly and kindly by his family, his church and the Boy Scout troop he founded. There is so much I could write about him but today’s text leads me to share just this: Uncle Marcus lived by certain rules, felt all should follow them and taught them if he had to. Two examples: (1) Sunday is a day of rest. (2) Hats off inside.
The story was told he stopped by the church one Sunday afternoon and found somebody doing work in the Fellowship Hall. He put a stop to that right then. There are also stories of him reminding gentlemen to remove their hats when inside. Rules he knew, followed and taught.
The prophet Jeremiah speaks of a covenant and a time when God will put his law in our minds and write it on our hearts. No longer will a person teach his neighbor because they will all know the LORD. Wouldn’t that be nice? I believe in heaven Uncle Marcus has found eternal rest. And, if there are indoors in heaven, I hope the gentlemen all remember to take off their hats. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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