Prayer: When our hearts are stubborn, help us to listen to you, Lord. Then we will be satisfied. Amen
Reading: Psalm 81: 1, 10-16 (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 admit it. I am stubborn. So today's Psalm which in my Bible is titled, "God's Appeal to Stubborn Israel" may as well be God's appeal to me, too. Israel would not submit to God; I would like think I do but perhaps I am stubbornly refusing to admit that I don't.
Submitting to God would mean I would listen and walk in His ways. However, I think I usually do the talking and often head off in my own direction. Today happens to be my birthday. I hope to eat some cake. The gift from the Lord everyday is to be fed and satisfied with his Word. --Ruth Gates
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