Prayer: May we always speak truth from our hearts. Amen
Reading: Psalm 15 (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: As I ponder how things just don't seem to be going right these days, it seems to boil down to a matter of truth. What is the truth? Who is telling the truth? Who can be trusted to be truthful? It is all too complicated if you ask me. Best I can do is try my best to be truthful myself and that is what Psalm encourages and if there is any question as to how to do that, there is some advice there, too.
Here is what not to do: slander with the tongue or do evil to friends.
Here is what to do: honor those who fear the Lord and stand by your oath even if it hurts.
A popular saying lately has been, "Be the change you want to see in the world." Since I am struggling with what is true and who is being truthful, the best I can do is start with me. Glad the Psalms have advice for that. Truth comes from the heart. --Ruth Gates
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