Prayer: You know the plans you have for us, God. Help us to see the way.
Reading: Revelation 21:1-6 (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: Well, we’ve done it again. We’ve come to a passage in the book of Revelation. This is a tough book, isn’t it? There are so many ways to look at things as we learn more about the end times.
When I read this passage this time, I was struck by something in the very beginning. I’ve heard of the new heaven and new earth but I never paid attention that the passage also tells us that the sea will cease to exist. Wow! I’m sure that fishermen aren’t too happy about that one? I wonder why the sea will go away? Doesn’t God like water? Where will the whales, and shrimp, and seahorses go? So many questions!
And then I take pause to say, “It’ll be okay.” God has a plan and who am I to question that plan. As we celebrate All Saints Day this Sunday, we can also look at the plans God had for others in our lives who passed on the faith. My daughter’s Sunday School class is to bring in a picture of a saint that they knew who passed on the faith to them. We will remember them and remember that we are to pass on the faith, too.
As for the sea- well, I guess we’ll have to just wait and see. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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