For today's devotional, again we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which will also be a big part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers this summer. First, read the passage and then discuss the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and ponder the quote presented.
Reading: Psalm 118: 24
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?)
Every morning, we should remind ourselves of this verse. It is important to remind ourselves each day that everything we have, including each day, is a gift from God. No matter if our day is good or bad, we should be thankful that we have been given that day to serve the Lord.
When I was a counselor at camp, after meals the director or other camp staff would give announcements. Often after the breakfast meal, someone would recite this verse and remind us that this was the day that the Lord had made and we should be happy about that.
I hope you will remind yourself of this verse each day of your life. It may just turn a bad day into a good one.
--Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Discuss with others or meditate on this quote by Edward Everett Hale, "I am one. But still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something I can do."
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