Prayer: We gather to worship you with joy. Amen
Reading: Psalm 84 (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: I have a strange work schedule. I work 22 hours a week spread across 5 days with Wednesday and Sunday being my days off. Still trying to figure out how to shift hours and days around with the other people in my office so I can work more hours in fewer days and/or at the very least get two days off in a row. Meanwhile, along with being the Sabbath, Sunday is my weekend day off from work.
Psalm 84 is a hymn of praise most likely sung by travelers on their way to celebrate in the temple. When I was a teen, there was a singer by the name of Evie. She had a song that went something like this:
Walking to church on a Sunday morning,
Walking and hearing the church bells ring,
Seeing the folks who mean everything to us,
Praising the Lord as we lovingly sing. ....
Oh, it's so good to be here praising the Lord again.
When I think how Jesus loves me,
I take heart to live for him.
While I don't have Psalm 84 memorized to recite on the way to worship, I do sometimes find myself singing this song.
-- Ruth Gates
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