Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on August 14, 2014.
Prayer: Dear God, bestow upon us your blessing as we strive to live in unity. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 133 (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: This is a very short Psalm! Only three verses. It takes longer to find than to read! Fortunately, our GROW Time devotions are set up with a quick link to the text. So, do a quick read! For me, the best verse is the first:
"How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in community."
Short as this Psalm is, achieving that verse alone is a long process; sometimes a very long process. No wonder when unity does happen, it is a blessing of even life evermore! Living those twelve words makes a world of difference. I have read the phrase, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” These days I am thinking unity would be wonderful – at small levels and the largest.
Where is there a need for unity in your life? How good and pleasant it would be if it are so!
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