Prayer: We pause and think in our prayers confessing our sins and accepting forgiveness. Amen
Reading: Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13 (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: With a split text like we have today, in reading it we probably all jumped immediately from the 2nd verse of Psalm 85 to the 8th. However, as I understand it, the word Selah in parentheses after verse 2, means pause and think.
Here are verses 1-2:
Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin. (Selah)
Yes, it is too easy to jump over thinking about sin except for a quick read of how we are forgiven. Maybe that is why the Psalmist put a Selah in there. Pause and think.
Take a moment then for a bit of confession. Maybe more will come to mind than otherwise. Then take a moment to realize the Lord's forgiveness and pardon. Perhaps it will be felt more deeply.
Selah! --Ruth Gates
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