Prayer: Lord, as we start our prayers with thanks and end them with praise, we remember in the middle all the wonders you have done in our lives. Amen
Reading: Psalm 105: 1-11, 45b (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: Our reading is a split one today. Eleven verses at the beginning of Psalm 105 and then the last half of the last verse at the end. Makes you wonder what is going on in the middle.
Well, first, let's look at verses 1-11. Give thanks, call on (the LORD's) name, sing, tell, glory in his name, rejoice, seek his face...and that is only the first four verses! It is a great start to a prayer of praise and thanksgiving which we could use anytime. Verse 45b simply says, "Praise the LORD." Done. That's how to end it. Yes, just our text for today is a handy prayer.
But what is in the middle? The 14 1/2 verses from 12-45a? Simply a remembering of the wonders the LORD has done from Abraham to Jacob to Joseph to Moses. His promise to his chosen ones.
We can remember that in the middle of our prayers, too. Go ahead and start a prayer by reading Psalm 105: 1-11. Then come up with your own list of wonders from your own life. You may even be able to come up with 14 1/2 verses of wonders. Then end with "Praise the LORD!" Amen. --Ruth Gates
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