Prayer: Watchful God, thank you for guarding us in all our ways. Amen
Reading: Isaiah 62: 6-12 (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 was a time when I could not get enough of The Lord of the Rings. There was just something about the story that held me and gave me great courage and comfort. Maybe it was the small and unassuming Hobbit who had the biggest and most important task to do. Maybe it was the wise and wonderful wizard who guided and encouraged him. Maybe it was the Fellowship of those who pledged to help the Hobbit and successfully did their part even though nothing went as expected.
Or maybe it was the Sentinels. All through the story there are signs of those watching and guarding all who purpose was good and true. Our text today speaks of Sentinels - Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels, all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the Lord take no rest. Isaiah 62: 6
In this world, we may feel small and hardly able to handle the tasks we have. But we have a wise God who guides us. We have the fellowship of each other for support. And we have Sentinels. Not saying bad things won't happen. As in the story, things went from bad to worse to even worse and beyond before it got better. But all is being watched; day and night and never silent. Listen, especially during this time of Advent, to hear God who is never silent. Know we are watched with a Love that never takes a rest. --Ruth Gates
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