Prayer: We have a balance of zero in our account to you, o Lord. And for that we are grateful. We give thanks for your love and mercy! Amen.
Reading: Luke 16:1-13 (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: If I had it to do over again, I’d probably take an accounting class in college. My bachelor’s degree is an arts degree so I had to take languages and writing courses and stuff like that. My college roommate, however, was a business major and had to take accounting, management, and courses like that.
Why would I take an accounting course? Because that is an area that I did not have much expertise in when I took on the job of camp director. And, running a non-profit organization requires a certain amount of knowledge in that area. I’m pretty good with my home finances and I’ve learned more about assets and liabilities and ledger entries. But, it would have been nice to know a little more!
In this passage, the manager is making an accounting of his accounts. He’s calling in his receivables. And, he shows mercy. He doesn’t make everyone pay what they owe. He takes a lesser amount. He’s very generous!
This story reminds us that God is even more generous than that. We could never repay God for all that God does for us. Our bill would always have an amount due. But God through God’s love and mercy pays the bill for us in full. Live in the good of that this day! --Chad Hershberger
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