Prayer: Seasons go by but not everything gets done. Thank you for each new day and your saving grace which never ends. Amen
Reading: Jeremiah 8: 18-9: 1 (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?
The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. Jeremiah 8: 20
When Labor Day weekend rolls around, many find themselves saying, "Where did the summer go?" (Funny how we never say that about winter?..."It's the end of March already? The winter went by so fast!") There is something about the long days of summer that make us think the time should stretch out forever and much should be accomplished right along with big vacations and boatloads of fun. But before you know it, summer is ended and we are neither done nor rested.
Seems that is how the people felt as Jeremiah the prophet wrote. The best time for growth and harvest had gone by and still they were not saved. One thing I try to remember is although I will never be finished with what I set out to do, I am saved. Summer is ended but God's saving grace never ends. --Ruth Gates
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