Prayer: Take care of us, God, as you take care of the stars in the sky.
Reading: Psalm 147: 1-11, 20c (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: Have you ever heard the commercials for the “Star Registry?” It’s a place that you can send money to and have a star named after you or someone you want to honor. It was on the radio a lot when I was younger, and I always thought it might be neat to do it.
In our passage today, David reminds me that it is not really our place to name stars. He writes, “God determines the number of the stars; God gives to all of them their names.” This verse jumped out at me when I read this passage because this summer, we are studying Abraham as part of our curriculum. As part of that story, God tells Abraham that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky—stars that God names and cares for as part of God’s kingdom. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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