Prayer: Thank you for being all around us and getting our attention, too. Amen
Reading: Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18 (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: Wanting to understand what it means when the Psalmist says, You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me, I looked up the word hem. Along with the definition about clothing and sewing, hem means to enclose or shut (in, about or round). From that I understand God is all around us and His hand is on us always. A paraphrase of this verse is Your circumventing presence covers my every move. (from Psalms Now).
Then I saw another entry for hem in the dictionary. - a voluntary short cough, uttered by way of warning, encouragement, etc. In other words, "A-hem!!!" as a warning or encouragement. When has God said "a-hem" to you? When has God gotten your attention in warning or encouragement? --Ruth Gates
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