Prayer: Restore us, LORD. We rejoice and are glad in you come what may. 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?
Reflection: The LORD restores. Not a lottery ticket. Not a clean bill of health. Not a big game win. Simply, the LORD restores.
Then we rejoice. Not just scream in disbelief. Not just sigh in relief of the miracle cure. Not just celebrate with abandon as if the championship is all that matters.
Because the rejoicing that comes from being restored can be in the midst of little or plenty, sickness or health, losing or winning.
So the Psalmist is praying for the LORD, who is our refuge at all times, to restore His people. Rejoice and be glad. Come what may.
-- Ruth Gates
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