Prayer: Dear God, you are everywhere. Thank you for the places where each of us just know there is a God! Amen.
Reading: Psalm 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?
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." Psalm 14: 1a
One of my summertime joys is berry picking. Pick-Your-Own strawberries in June and blueberries in July. I go out to the patches at least once or twice a week. All those wonderful, delicious berries! We also have raspberry patch in our backyard for daily, ripe, sweet, juice-stained handfuls. Then there are the wild raspberries along the trails at Camp Mount Luther though I try to leave those for the wildlife.
Andy, my husband, came blueberry picking with me today so I had company to share my joy. We were picking for about 20 minutes when I exclaimed, "How can anyone say, 'There is no God.' when there are blueberries?" Andy looked over at me and, honest to goodness, said, "I was just thinking that very same thing a few minutes ago!"
The Psalmist wrote, "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.' " Perhaps the fool needs to go to a berry patch! --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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