Prayer: Loving Shepherd, thank you for your goodness and care we positively need more than ever. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 22: 25-31 (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: My two favorite Psalms are Psalm 23 (The Lord is My Shepherd) and Psalm 121 (I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes). But the closing words of Psalm 22 are just as comforting and meaningful. They speak of “positivity,” which is a newly coined word. We live in a time of so much negativity. We desparately need the words of verses 26 and 27: “the poor shall eat and be satisfied; all who seek the Lord shall find Him and praise His name; hearts shall rejoice with everlasting joy.”
May we never forget, or lose, the goodness our Lord offers us. He is…and always will be….our loving Shepherd. We need His care and love more than ever.
-- Alice Yeakel
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