Prayer: Almighty One, you are over all and you guide enemies to find each other as friends. You turn our self-defeating purposes into meaningful living for the fruitful growth of community. You enliven our faith to make bold decisions and actions of sound ethics. For all that you are and all that you do for us, we give you deepest thanks. We ask for your continual prodding and poking to keep us on your good path. Amen.
Reading: Galatians 1:12-17 (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: The past can haunt us.
Head in hands, wringing to turn back
What was still clings
Like those chiggers on pantlegs
Picking them off one by one
Tug and pinch, prickles and snags
That one pulled three times until it was clear
Crunch of shoes on gravel and salt left over from winter
To each door, wound, hurt
Not enemies, not slaves to hatred
No longer a heart preaching wrong
Rebuffed and turned away
I will come back
What’s wrong with being good?!
Did you really prefer me when I was mad, mean, wrong?
New love, new hope, new zealous
For all the right things
Born anew above, alrighted – for Almighty