Prayer: In you, Lord, we take refuge. Our praise is of you always. 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: I write this devotion today in the comfort of my home while watching a snowfall that has already accumulated over a foot with more to come. Then a bitter cold will set in. Except for going out to shovel, I am sheltered and warm. I may ski a bit around the neighborhood or skate on the canal but I know there will always be hot chocolate and cinnamon sugar toast when I come back inside. I have refuge on a wintry day and it always brings a smile.
Psalm 71 is a prayer for lifelong protection and help. Like the shelter of a home in a winter storm and hot cocoa comfort when we've had to brave it, in much bigger ways (think fortress...Psalm 71: 3), God is our refuge for life. Praise always!
-- Ruth Gates
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