For today's devotional, again we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which is part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers. First, read the passage and then discuss/ponder the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and closing presented.
Reading: Psalm 29
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text? (or for younger kids, which part of the story doesn’t make sense to me?)
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text? (or for younger kids, what is my favorite part of the story?)
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me? (or for younger kids, what does this story remind me of?)
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text? (or for younger kids, what is God or Jesus doing in this story?)
I am particularly struck by verse 3 of this passage: "The voice of the Lord is over the waters." It reminds me of baptism. When a child or adult is baptized, isn't it something to think that God is there, in our midst. And, God was even there when Jesus' was baptized and that same voice came down from heaven and sounded over the waters.
As we hear God's voice, listen to what we are being called to do, and then taking action, we should remember always that God is with us. God isn't merely directing us to do something; but, is by our side every set of the way. That is indeed good news! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Pray this benediction, which is often used at the end of worship services.
God go before you to guide you.
God go behind you to protect you.
God go beneath you to support you.
God go beside you to befriend you.
Be not afraid.
And let the blessing of Almighty God,
The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
Descend upon you, settle in around you, and make its home in you.
Be not afraid.
Go in peace.
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