We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on February 27, 2014.
Prayer: You are present with us, God, on the mountaintops and in the valleys. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 99 (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: Oh, sure, verses 6 and 7 speak of Moses, Aaron, and Samuel. They cried to the Lord, and he answered them. Of course. They were Moses, Aaron and Samuel! What about me? Where is my mountain? And if I go there will that guarantee an answer?
Let’s hear a portion of Psalm 99 this way:
The Lord establishes relationships with those who call upon Him.
The priests and prophets of history heard his voice and followed His course for their lives.
His servants and disciples of this hour sense His presence and communicate His love and grace to those who reach out for Him.
The Lord does reign over this world!
He is the Lord and Master over all the earth. --from Psalms/Now by Leslie Brandt (2003)
To those of history and those of this hour, the Lord communicates His love and grace. My favorite mountains are the ones I see at Camp Mount Luther but we know there are many other kinds of mountains in our lives. Whatever mountains we are at the bottom of, climbing up, standing atop or coming down from, God is present with us. That is Good News indeed!
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