We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on March 28, 2018.
Prayer: Dear Lord, this is the day you have made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Amen.
Reading: Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24 (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: I’m sure all of us have made mistakes in our lives or have been rejected and in our world, we are scrutinized and look down upon. But through Christ, that is not the case.
Verses 22 and 23 say, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” What once was thrown to the side because it was not good enough is now a beautiful achievement that is adored. This reminds us that though we may be rejected on Earth, Jesus turns our sins and faults into lessons that help us to grow in our faith and make us better followers.
This Easter Sunday as we remember that Christ was raised from the dead to give us new life, let us rejoice and praise him for the wonderful way he raises US up when we are down!
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