Prayer: Lord, give us the will and courage to uphold the poor, hungry and oppressed.
Reading: Psalm 82 (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: One day this week at one of our off-site camps, I was walking with a counselor and a camper toward the church for lunch. Each child brought a packed lunch from home. I asked the camper we were walking with what he had in his lunch. He said in a dejected voice, “Nothing. My dad didn’t get up early enough to pack my lunch today.” I could feel my heart sag. Fortunately, the ladies at the church prepare food for the volunteers and our staff, so the counselor found a way to make sure the camper had lunch. I heard the statistic again this week that 1 in 5 children goes to bed hungry—in the United States! Does that make your heart sag, too?
This week the staff will consider Psalm 82 as one of our texts as we gather for worship to conclude our week. I am both challenged and delighted to read the call for Biblical justice in this hymn. Over and over again in scriptures we hear God call us to care for the poor, the needy, the weak, the oppressed. Yet, it seems like an overwhelming task. The situation does not seem to improve. A little over nine years ago we launched a satellite toward Pluto. It arrived this week and the pictures being sent back are spectacular. Somehow, it seems to me that if we can do that, we could find a way to feed the hungry people in the world.
I’m delighted to know that God cares about the least of the folks. I am challenged to also care and do something about helping them. --Jim Bricker, Camp Mount Luther Chaplain to the Summer Staff
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