Prayer: Dear God, may we come into your presence every day with joy and gladness as much as we celebrate certain special days in our lives. Amen
Reading: Psalm 45: 10-17 (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: My daughter is working this summer as a server for special events at a country club: banquets, luncheons, graduation parties, reunions, retirement dinners, showers. The biggest, most extravagant of all are the wedding receptions. She tells me all about the decorations, the dresses, the cake, the food, the dancing, the bridal party and the guests even down to the youngest enjoying such a fancy day. Always a celebration with joy and gladness to be remembered for ever and ever and through the generations.
Psalm 45 is a wedding song. There is talk of wealth, gold and embroidered garments; daughters and sons; a glorious princess, princes and the palace of the king. There is joy and gladness and God being praised for ever and ever. His name will be remembered for generations.
Let's celebrate coming into God's presence everyday with joy and gladness as much as we celebrate special days in our lives. Then we will remember and praise him for ever and ever and so will generations to come. --Ruth Gates
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