Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on January 7, 2016.
Prayer: Help us to pray more this year, Lord, and be in touch with you as we serve you each day. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 (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?
Note: This reflection was posted during the first week of this year. When I was looking to see if we had done any devotions on this particular text, I found this and thought it would be interesting to read this today, as we have one month left in 2016. If there are things you have not done yet this year that you wanted to accomplish, you have a month left to go! --Chad Hershberger
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? I joked with my family that since we are on vacation the first week of the new year, that none of our resolutions start until we go back to work!
There are many statistics about how many people make resolutions and don’t stick to them. Most don’t comply with their own wishes by the end of this first month of the year. I guess people just don’t have “stick-to-it-ness.”
When I read our Psalm for today, I thought that these verses would make a good list of resolutions. And then I read the last verse of this Psalm (which was not appointed in the lectionary) and it says that these verses were the prayers of David.
Which made me think: what if my resolution for this new year was to pray more. Be more in tune with making my joys, sorrows, and requests known to God. I bet this year (and my life) would be better. I bet I’d be more in-tune with God and doing God’s work. And what a great resolution that would be! --Chad Hershberger
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