Prayer: Protecting God, may we have hope even as we hobble along. Amen
Reading: Psalm 91: 1-2, 9-16 (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: I know someone who dashed his foot against a stone. And it hurt. A lot. According to this Psalm, the angels will guard us in all our ways including from this very injury. So, what happened here? Perhaps this Psalm is to be interpreted figuratively. I mean, reading and considering further, who is going to trample a serpent underfoot? That is just asking for trouble, if you ask me. But I am very risk adverse.
Let's keep this in mind. A dashed foot may cause one to hobble around for a bit but dashed hopes can be paralyzing. So the Psalm also tells us the Lord will answer when we call. The Most High will be with us in times of trouble. The Almighty will rescue and honor us. The Lord is our Salvation. That brings hope even when hurting. --Ruth Gates
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