Prayer: Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. (Psalm 71:3) Amen.
Reading: Psalm 71: 1-6 (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: What is it about rocks? If they are small and pretty, we pick them up, put them in our pockets and carry them all the way home. If they are big and piled up, we have to climb them; especially if the view from the top is fantastic. Rocks just seem to call to us.
We ask God to be a rock of refuge. What else would you build a refuge out of? While shelters can be made of many things, one built of rock is going to be the strongest. (Think of the story of the Three Little Pigs here and keep in mind bricks are basically rocks.)
From the rock in our pocket to the one on top of a mountain, we remember God is our rock; a refuge we carry with us and stand on. --Ruth Gates
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