Recently, I was privileged to be part of the Mission District’s first all-NALC Campfirmation. On Friday, our service project was at a care facility that ministers to adults with physical and mental challenges. Pastor Mark Ryman led the music and taught the kids an easy way to remember the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23a: “For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” We sang the song a few times and as I looked around and reflected on the week at camp, I saw the fruit of the Spirit at work in those children. During games, projects, recreation and worship those kids demonstrated God’s love through their words and actions. Even during our outing, when I found myself grumbling a bit because of the rain, the campers were shining examples of God’s love as they joked, played and ate hamburgers in the pouring rain. It brought new meaning to Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:3-4: “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me always to be like a child and may the fruit of your Spirit shine through me. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Steven King,
Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.