Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on January 9, 2013.
Prayer: Say a prayer to God in thanksgiving for the ways which God uses us to spread love.
Reading: Psalm 116 (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?
Other Questions to Consider: What types of things do you usually ask God for in your prayers? How have you seen God respond to your prayers? When has God surprised you?
Reflection: We were all very tired. We had spent most of the day hiking up a very steep mountain named "Jones." It was a day in early June and the wind was blowing as if there could be a storm at any moment.
There we all were, sleeping under the stars when many in my group heard a noise. It was none other than a porcupine in a nearby tree. Many shined their flashlights on this moving object. And suddenly they heard a voice shout out "Solo in A-flat minor."
Yes, you guessed it. A still-asleep member of our traveling group was talking in his sleep. Who knows what he was dreaming about, but it must have been something about music, which was no surprise to us, since he was a percussion major.
I was once told by someone that his wife accused him of talking in his sleep. He said that one night, just to prove her wrong, he stayed up all night and he said that not once did he talk in his sleep!
Sometimes we do things that are unaware of, like talking in our sleep. So does God. We may ask for something and think we never received it, but maybe we did-- just in some other form. Always keep your eyes open. Who knows what you might see!
As for my musical friend, he probably will never live down the fact that he talked in his sleep that night, but boy, would Leonard Bernstein be proud! --Chad Hershberger
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