Prayer: Help us to spread your love, God, and understand how much you love us!
Reading: Proverbs 31:10-31 (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: I could have some fun with this passage today! Just think if I went line-by-line and compared these verses to my own wife. This verse… check! This verse… well, maybe we need to work on that one! Of course, I’m just kidding.
What struck me about this passage is there is a long laundry list of what it means to be a good wife. And then at the end, we are told that a woman who fears the Lord is to praised. So, why go through the long list when it seems there is one thing that is most important of all.
I’m reading a book about fatherhood. The author, in the beginning of this book, reminds dads that the most important thing that you can do is love. Show unconditional love to your children. His wife reminded him that even though he says he shows unconditional love to his kids, she often sees that his expressions tell a different story. They often show disappointment, disgust, or something else. She says that is not showing unconditional love.
What is love? The authors says God is love. And, if we can grasp hold of God’s unconditional love for us, we will hopefully respond to others in loving actions and caring hearts. Which are the types of things that are in our laundry list for wives today. Maybe if we focus on God’s love, everything else will just fall into place and we will feel blessed with the people in our lives. –Chad Hershberger, Executive Director
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