Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on April 10, 2014.
Prayer: O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!
Reading: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 (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: Psalm 118 begins and ends with the words in today’s prayer. And in between the psalmist over and over again gives thanks for the victory God has given the king.
When we celebrate Easter at camp, there is ample opportunity to give God thanks: at each meal, in worship at night, during minutes when we Gather and Reflect On the Word, and those numerous times when we experience God in nature and each other. That is because the resurrected Christ lives among us.
Today, as you experience God in your life--in people, in a task, in a sound, a thought, a picture, a meeting, a meal, an idea, a disagreement—take just a moment to say out loud or quietly, “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.” –Jim Bricker
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