Prayer: Lord, help us to lift up the downtrodden this year and all the years of our lives. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 147 (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: We have come to the beginning of another new year. Each year, as January 1 rolls around, many look ahead and make resolutions and goals for the coming year. It's a great time to take stock in what you want you do in the next 365 days.
In our passage from Psalms today, we are reminded that "the Lord lifts up the downtrodden." As I read that, I thought that this new year would be a great time to commit oneself to helping others. That help may come through volunteer work with a charity, supporting a homeless shelter, or committing to praying for those who are less fortunate. What will you do this year to help lift up the downtrodden? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Watch this video of the familiar New Year’s song, “Auld Lang Syne.”
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