Prayer: Be with us, Lord, as you make us new. Amen
Reading: 2 Samuel 5: 1-5, 9-10 (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: David went from shepherd boy to King. Pretty extreme makeover! What made the difference? God was with him. Not that going from almost nothing to a big something is all that matters. Remember, David was still a lowly shepherd when he took down Goliath. It just happens that in the long run, David was to be King and that's what he became. God was with David during his days with the sheep as well as all the years ahead.
God is with us always, too. We belong to Him. What we do, big or small, becomes greater and greater with God. That small jar of preserves given to the refrigerator repairman who came the day the ice cream was rock hard and the milk lukewarm? It went with my big thanks for how he has fixed our appliances for 20+ years and hopeful encouragement his knees and back hold up until retirement. Great thanks and care with God.
-- Ruth Gates
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