Prayer: My soul waits for you, LORD, and in your word I hope. Amen
Reading: Psalm 130 (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: There are two parts to waiting. One is to wait with hope. The other is to not go off and do something else instead. Both can be hard depending on how long the wait is and how easily distracted one is.
To wait for the LORD is to maintain hope that God's deliverance will arrive, and also refrain from going one's own way. Both can be hard.
Maybe that is why the Psalmist uses the word wait not once, not twice but three times in Psalm 130: 5, 6. Wait, wait, wait. It is worth it.
-- Ruth Gates
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