Prayer: Help us, Lord, to be generous when we welcome strangers. Amen.
Reading: James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17 (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: Yesterday, I wrote about generosity and how we should be generous particularly with our money. Today, we read in James about being generous, too, but in a different way. We are reminded to be generous when it comes to hospitality.
When a stranger approaches, we are not to judge him or her by their appearance, treating them differently. Instead, we should treat everyone with respect and love. How much better our world would be if everyone did that!
We spend considerable time during staff training at camp talking about welcoming the stranger. I show our summer staff some tips and tricks to make people feel welcome. By doing that, I tell them, you are welcoming Christ into your midst. How do you welcome the stranger? How are you generous in your dealings with others? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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