Prayer: Be near us, Lord God, and stay close by us, we pray. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 22 (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?
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?”
We hear these words from the cross this week. Jesus, knowing what needs to happen, is still hopeful that the cup will be taken away from him. But he knows.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me?”
God seems so far away to Jesus. But in times of despair and hopelessness, it is God who is right beside, comforting and reassuring.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
It’s so easy to blame God. It’s harder to see God in the midst of the tragedy of the cross.
“My God, my God.”
And yet, it is God to whom Christ calls out. Jesus knows where his help comes from. He knows God is there.
As you look at the cross this week, look around you. See God’s mighty works. See God.
--Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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