Prayer: May I always look to you, Lord, for my help and my hope.
Reading: Psalm 146:5-10 (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: “Well, I hope you’re happy now.” I’ve heard those words a time or two in my life. They were usually a response to something dumb or destructive that I did. They are parental, scolding words.
The Psalmist, in a sense, could use the same words in a wonderful way. “I hope you’re happy now since your help and hope is in the Lord, your God.” That’s different, isn’t it? We can be happy because this God of ours meets all the needs of humanity, even our individual, daily needs no matter how small. The Psalmist points to our God who creates everything, lifts the oppressed, feeds the hungry, frees prisoners, gives sight, lifts up the bowed down, loves the righteous, welcomes strangers, upholds the orphan and the widow. Somehow, each of us fits somewhere in that list of blessings. God is our help. God is our hope. Be happy! --Jim Bricker
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