Prayer: As we go about our day, may we see the great creations you have made, God, and may we see how you continue to create through us. Amen.
Reading: Proverbs 8.17-27 (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: At the end of this summer, as has been tradition, the staff gathered for our annual awards. Each staff member picks a name of another staff member and creates an award for that person. This year, Counselor Zack drew my name and gave me the “Tick Magnet Award,” complete with bug spray, a tick key, limes, and a lime candle because, well, I got Lyme’s Disease this summer. It always a fun time with humor and remembering the summer that was.
These awards got started back when I was a first-year counselor. One of our fellow counselors decided it would be fun to give out awards. She did all the award-making and presenting. It was called the Pink Paper Awards, because the awards were all on pink page, which we had large rolls of in the craft lodge. The awards one year were the Blue Paper Awards, because our supply of big paper changed colors. When my predecessor was here, we called them the “Bammbys” and since I’ve been here, they are dubbed, the “Hershees.”
My second staff award was the Jim Henson Award. It was given to me because the presenter felt I was one of the most creative people on staff. She felt that Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, was also very creative and thus the name of the award. I was honored to be bestowed this award, especially since Henson death on May 16, 1990, was relatively recent.
As I think about “creativity,” I’m drawn to the root of the word, create. As I look out my office window and see our beautiful camp grounds, I am reminded of the beauty that God has created. And, when I see creativity in others, I now think that God has inspired that creativity, too, and it is another one of God’s great creations.
Look around you today and see where you see creation. And, look for God’s “create-ivity” in those around you, too. –Chad Hershberger
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