Prayer: Dear God, In You alone is rest and peace. We praise you for the assurance that we will dwell with you forever. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 23 (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: A few times I slept with my grandma right after my grandpa died to keep her company. Before we went to sleep, she took my hand and started praying Psalm 23 and asked me to join in. She told me that she prays it every night before she goes to bed.
And this summer our reading for Friday was Psalm 23, it was the first time a Psalm was used for the reading and it was so special.
In both of these cases this is the perfect psalm to say. Right before bed and the last day before leaving camp to go home. It is so comforting to hear the words that the Lord leads us through life and is with us in the good parts- in green pastures and still waters, and in the hard parts- in the valley of the shadow of death and at a table with your enemies. After hearing these words, we are filled with peace knowing that God is with us always! --Marie Barnard
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