Prayer: We praise you, God, for your wonderful works. May all who hear know of our love for you and join in. Amen
Reading: Psalm 111 (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?
Praise the LORD!
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Psalm 111: 1
In Bible study recently, it was asked and discussed how much we outwardly in the company of other people give thanks to God for his wonderful works. Do we openly acknowledge God's presence in our lives? Do we admit to living by faith and relying on prayer?
I share a desk with three other office assistants and each time I sit down I set up my personal items including a notecard a dear friend wrote out for me with the verse, Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Proverbs 3: 3a. I like to think it keeps me friendlier on the phone. Sometimes I forget to put it away so I know it has been seen by my co-workers.
I am not saying any of this to be boastful. I know don't always get it right. I have shared my prayers and near certainty of God's plan only to backpedal when they weren't answered as I hoped or things did not go as expected. I am hoping then at least they see a faith that holds on and there is always praise for God's wonderful works.
-- Ruth Gates
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