Prayer: We give thanks for our families this day and every day. Amen.
Reading: Jeremiah 29:1; 4-7 (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: My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary last week. We decided to dust off our wedding video for the first time since we originally watched it. It was fun to re-live that important day in our life.
The next morning I was talking to my daughter and told her that someday I hope to walk her down the aisle as she begins a marriage. It was fun to think about that. I told her I’d probably cry because I would remember when she could fit into the palms of my hands and now she was starting her own family.
In this passage, I was reminded about how important families are in our lives. When all else fails, hopefully you can turn to your family for support and love. Wealth and social standing are one thing, but the joy of human love from a family can give more pleasure than all the material things in our lives. I give thanks for that this day and every day! --Chad Hershberger
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