Prayer: Dear Lord, first thing when I awake may I seek your righteousness and be satisfied. Amen
Reading: Psalm 17: 1-7, 15 (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: Back when clock radio alarms became popular, my brother tried to make one of his own by wiring the alarm mechanism of his elcectric clock to the power of his cassette tape player. It was a complicated contraption and I am not sure if it ever really worked but the hope was to wake up to something more pleasant than an annoying buzzer or noisy bell.
For awhile my husband had an alarm clock that could be set to play different songs: Happy Birthday, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, etc. That was fun.
The Psalmist reminds us, "As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness." Psalm 17: 15
That would be pleasant and fun, too. When your alarm goes off - buzzer, bell or music - let your first thoughts be of righteousness and seeking to see God's face. Awaken satisfied. --Ruth Gates
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