Prayer: All knowing God, so many things in life perplex us. Help us figure out how to solve those riddles. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 49: 1-12 (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?
I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp. Psalm 49: 4b
When I just can't seem to figure out a problem or understand a situation, I have a tendency to ruminate and stew about it longer than I really should. I spend way too much time and energy that could have gone to something or somewhere else. I know I do it and I try to stop. But of all the strategies I have tried, I never thought to solve the riddles of life to the music of the harp. How does that work?
Did the Psalmist means listening to the harp or actually playing the harp will help solve riddles? Either way, I am willing to give it a try. Mind you, I only have one cd of harp music to listen to and I do not own a harp nor do I know how to play one. Hoping any music or instrument will work?
Which leads me to wonder if that is why folks have taken to guitars around campfires, harmonicas on the trail, and pianos in solitary, quiet rooms. Maybe somehow music helps us solve riddles by giving our hands something else to do and our ears something else to hear. It could just work! --Ruth Gates
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