Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on July 2, 2015.
Editor’s Note: The writer just completed her 19th summer at Family Camp. Her son, James, was here, as an adult, having graduated from college this year and now seeking full-time employment. Despite being written three years ago, her words still ring true.
Prayer: Lord, you are our God forever and ever. Yours is a love that never ends. We tell it to the next generation. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 48 (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?
Great is the Lord , and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain...Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love...Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers, consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation. --Psalm 48: 1, 9, 12-13
I am writing this while in the mountains at Camp Mount Luther. The rest of the Family Campers are on a walking tour of camp. This being my 16th summer here, I know my way around pretty well so I decided to skip the tour and write instead.
Sixteen summers. James, my son, has gone from a five year old camper to his second year now on staff. He and another counselor, both sons of staff members from the '80's, are the next generation.
Sixteen summers. Rachel, my daughter, was still in a stroller her first Family Camp and this year upon arrival she immediately reconnected with old friends from Senior High Camp and moved in with them, the next generation.
Sixteen summers. Andy, my husband, and I are on our own - empty nesters at Family Camp. Perhaps God is preparing us for when Rachel leaves for college this fall. Still, this generation will come to camp.
There are old-timers like us and a few new families here this summer. Many children (the youngest is the age of Rachel's first Family Camp) carrying folding chairs and bugspray to the campfire and along the trail dumping pebbles and twigs out of shoes. The dining hall food is great and that is not just because someone else is doing the cooking and washing the dishes. The food is really good, especially shared around tables of families and friends and followed by loud and lively songs. I could go on and on but you get the point.
Yes, great is the Lord and worthy to be praised in these mountains surrounding camp. Here campers learn of God's unfailing love. The camp tour folks are walking around counting camp's worship sites, considering her cabins and craft lodge, taking in the views of the mountains and valleys. It is being told to the next generation! --Ruth Gates
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