We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on January 8, 2014.
Prayer: Pray this benediction, which is often used at the end of worship services.
God go before you to guide you.
God go behind you to protect you.
God go beneath you to support you.
God go beside you to befriend you.
Be not afraid.
And let the blessing of Almighty God,
The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
Descend upon you, settle in around you, and make its home in you.
Be not afraid.
Go in peace.
Reading: Psalm 29 (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 am particularly struck by verse 3 of this passage: "The voice of the Lord is over the waters." It reminds me of baptism. When a child or adult is baptized, isn't it something to think that God is there, in our midst. And, God was even there when Jesus' was baptized and that same voice came down from heaven and sounded over the waters.
As we hear God's voice, listen to what we are being called to do, and then taking action, we should remember always that God is with us. God isn't merely directing us to do something; but, is by our side every set of the way. That is indeed good news!
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