Prayer: Dear God, may our days begin and end with praise even as the middle may be rough. Amen
Reading: Psalm 31: 9-16 (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: Starting at verse 9 of Psalm 31 we are thrown right into hard times which fortunately turn around to trust and goodness by verse 16. Go back to the beginning and see the Psalm starts with prayer. Sounds like a typical day to me. So perhaps we can use a Psalm to frame our days. Start with prayer. Seek the Lord who is a rock and refuge and will faithfully guide you. Then as the day rolls along and things don't go according to plan or worse come back around at the end of the day and remember to trust God's goodness. Oh, there are days when the middle is just fine, of course. Thanks and praise for that, too. How was your day?
-- Ruth Gates
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