Prayer: Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin again us. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 18:21-35 (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: Forgiveness is tough, isn’t it. Today’s prayer is a line from the Lord’s Prayer. Read it again. When you recite it, do you ever think about what you are saying? “God—forgive us as we forgive others.” Are you getting your full forgiveness from God?
Today is a day of great horror historically in our country. September 11, 2001, is a date that people remember where they were then they heard the terrible news of the terrorist attacks on our country. For those who had first-hand involvement in that day (meaning they lost loved ones), do you think they have forgiven those who caused the tragedy?
As I’m writing this, I think of the Amish in Lancaster County, PA, who several years ago suffered loss when someone shot into their school. Many died that day but they publicly said they forgave the ones who did that to their children. Just think of the forgiveness God bestowed on them, too. May you think about forgiveness this day! --Chad Hershberger
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