Prayer: May we gaze at you, Good Shepherd, this day and every day.
Reading: Psalm 72 (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 we’ve been looking at the characters of Christmas these past few days, sheep have been on my mind. They definitely play a role in the Christmas story. From what I know about sheep, there mental capacity isn’t too great. They really look up to the shepherd to give them guidance.
When I read the closing verses of this Psalm, I thought of sheep. Imagine a sheep, looking up at the shepherd, saying, “You deliver me when I call. I am poor and you are my helper. You take pity on me and save me from danger. I can be used for many things, even when my blood is shed.”
Do you gaze up at the Good Shepherd in that way. What’s stopping you? May we all be a little more like sheep today.
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