Prayer: Shepherding Lord, thank you for green pastures and quiet waters for restoring our souls. Just by being your sheep, we are and we have all we need. 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: Today was designated to be a day of total rest after a whirlwind week and I just so happened upon an article about the problem of busyness. When overwhelmed by the busyness of life, I have been known to exclaim, "I am a human being, not a human doing!" (Not an original quote of mine. I heard it years ago and it stuck in my mind.)
The article explained how we tend to define ourselves by the things we do and our busyness of doing so much becomes a bit of a bragging point. Our busyness also becomes a bit of a stress bordering on sickness.
Let's instead define ourselves by who we are. We are made in God's image and that is certainly both good to be and enough to be! The twenty-third Psalm tells us the Lord is our shepherd and we are His sheep. We are to lie down in green pastures and be led beside still waters. How restoring to our souls that is! That is the kind of being in which we have all that we truly need. --Ruth Gates, Family Camper
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