Prayer: Give us the words, dear Lord, that we can share your Word with others. Amen.
Reading: Hebrews 4:12-16 (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: When I was in my late 20s/early 30s, I attended a Bible study with a very learned man of scripture. During his life, he worked tirelessly, sharing God’s Word with whoever he could. He was very humble and never was “off-putting” when he talked about his faith and the Bible. He just loved sharing what we knew about God and how God had changed his life and spoke through the scriptures.
This summer, he died and I was able to go to his funeral. So many people testified to how much scripture meant to him and how much he lived his faith. I hadn’t seen him for years, but I knew that I was among those who learned so much from him.
When I read our passage from Hebrews, I was reminded about this man because I remember us doing a study of this book one year. He often quoted about the “double-edged sword” of the Word of God and talked about our high priest who is an advocate for us. When I read these words, I heard his voice in my head, reminding me of all of the good things of God.
He is at home with God now but his legacy lives on. It makes me wonder what affect I can have on others as I share my faith and knowledge of scripture. Are there people that I should be talking to more about God? Am I living a life worthy of my calling as a child of God? What more should I be doing? Those are questions I will ponder as I think of this text this day. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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