Editor’s Note: We continue today with our look at Day 1 alternative texts for this summer’s curriculum, “The Water of Life.” Day 1 is “From the Deep—Goodness and Gift.”
Prayer: Loving God, you are a blessing and a help at all times--mad, sad or glad—I lift my heart to you. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 42 (esp. vs 1-3) (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 remember being with my daughter and she was crying listening to a sad song. I didn’t particularly like the song, so I suggested that she change it. She refused. She seemed to want to keep crying. Sometimes, you just have to cry and get it all out. After a good cry, you feel better. There is a peace that comes to you on the other side of a “bowl of tears.”
The Psalm for today is a sad song (they were usually chanted), but yet one that tells the wonderful good news that God is with us in our sad times. Before we know it, things aren’t so bad after all.
That’s how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it—you want to spread its fresh like springiness to everyone. Then they will know that there is a God and God helps everyone in all times and in all places! --Andrew Fitch
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