Prayer: We lift our heads to you. Amen
Reading: Psalm 1: 3-14 (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: Today's GROW Time actually is an email I sent to my family a month or so ago. We were all in a time of uncertainty; each for our own reasons. While on my bus commute to work one day, I was pondering and praying about everything that was going on and then I got this message. So I sent this email:
My bus got to the Transit Center today at about noon. As I walked outside, the nearby church bells were ringing and the carillon was playing a hymn I recognized. So, of course, I started singing to myself...
"Lift up yours heads, ye mighty gates! Behold the King of glory waits..."
And then it hit me. Gates! Lift up your heads!
So the message for today is "Chin up and look to the Lord." Got that everyone?
It was a Gates message for us and for all that day and every day.
-- Ruth Gates
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