Prayer: O Lord, you are our hope and our trust. Whether we have known it for a long time or recently received it in our hearts, thank you for always being there. Amen
Reading: Psalm 71: 1-6 (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: The Psalmist calls the Lord his hope and trust from his youth. How wonderful to know to count on God from early on! Some, however, figure it out later in life. Many know it all along but have momentary lapses either when the going gets too hard (feeling discouragement) or too easy (taking it for granted). Either way, God has always been there for all of us even when we don't believe it or acknowledge it.
Take a few minutes to recall a hard time. Did you know then or do you see now in hindsight your hope and trust was in the Lord? Think of a time when all was going well. Keep in mind, your hope and trust was in the Lord then, too.
I still think it is good to know this from days of youth. Perhaps that is why Sunday School, worship, home prayer time, church camp and outdoor ministry were a part of our family life. And, come to think of it, since we are all children of God regardless of our age, we can have hope and trust in God from our youth at any age. And all of the above would help us grow. See you at Camp Mount Luther this summer! --Ruth Gates
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