Prayer: Lord, when we seem to only see what is wrong, help us to praise you and know future generations will be told about you. Meanwhile, we share your love today. 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?
Reflection: Psalm 22 starts out pretty glum and gloomy with a long list of what is wrong with the writer or wrong with others or wrong with the world in general. Yet, somewhere in the middle, the Psalmist begins to turn it around with words like: help, deliver and save. The Psalmist then says, "...in the midst of the congregation I will praise you." By the end, there is hope in the words, "...future generations will be told about the Lord."
There are plenty of times when we see everything that is wrong. But there is is good to be seen and known, too. Share that. If we praise God, not only in our hearts but in the midst of our brothers and sisters in faith, then future generations will be told about the Lord. --Ruth Gates
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