Prayer: Even when we are feeling despair, hurt, or stress, help us to show love, Lord. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 45: 1-2, 6-9 (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: In the Bible I used to look up our verses for today, the title for Psalm 45 said, “Ode to a Royal Wedding.” I can remember getting up early in the 1980s to catch glimpses of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding. And, more recently, I watched the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with my family.
At their nuptials, Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry wowed the crowd with his homily about love. He spoke poignant words for our time. Well, actually any time. He talked about how love should rule all.
When I read this Psalm I was reminded of that. Live love. Share love. Be love. Let your life be like an ode to a royal wedding.
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