Prayer: Gracious, giving God. We thank you for the promises you have made to and for us. Help us keep our promises to you and to each other. May you touch our hearts so we live a life of faith. 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: God makes many covenants with his people throughout the Bible. This new covenant happens during the exile of his people. I teach confirmation and we talk about God’s promises a lot because confirmation students are about to make some promises of their own. I like the part of these verses when it talks about writing the laws on our hearts. God touching our hearts helps us have a strong faith that effects all parts of our lives. Through confirmation I try to give the students many experiences where they can see and feel God working through them and others. Whether you be in a time of exile, a confirmation student, or wherever you are in your faith life, God is with you and you are God’s. --Charlene Rineer
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