Prayer: Dear God, with the information overload of our world today, help us to remember that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Amen
Reading: Psalm 111 (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: My dad always said, “We grow too soon old and too late smart.” Actually, he said it in Pennsylvania Dutch but I don’t remember exactly how to say it, let alone how to spell it, so this is the REV (Ruth’s English Version) translation. Psalm 111 reminds us the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Now, being the scaredy-cat that I am, to think I am to be in fear of the Lord is unsettling to say the least. However, over the years, I have come to learn perhaps awestruck and humbled fit together to be the state of fear the Psalmist is talking about.
So today, what aside from God has me awestruck and humbled? Oh, I would have to say technology and the information age. There is so much to know and, even if you don’t know it, there is no excuse because of Google. Unfathomable amounts of knowledge is right at your fingertips, however, how you use knowledge is where wisdom makes the difference.
Therefore, awestruck and humbled before the Lord and with everything I have learned, I know this is what I am to do: Love God; love others. That is wisdom. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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