Prayer: Endlessly loving and faithful God, thank you for the heavens and the clouds we can see and beyond. May we look up and know the extent of your love and faithfulness. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 36: 5-10 (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?
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. --Psalm 36: 5
I write this while looking up into a bright, blue sky and looking out to where it meets the shimmering green ocean. There are puffy white clouds above and more sky and clouds beyond that long curve of the horizon. Imagine! God's love and faithfulness go that far.
I will come back in the evening and see stars unimaginable miles away in a darkness so deep that goes even further. The horizon will be lost in the distance. I will remember God's love and faithfulness go beyond what we can see!
As I am seeing it from this beach chair, God's love and faithfulness is simply everywhere. Look up. Look out. It's there. --Ruth Gates
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