Prayer: O Lord, help us all to lift up our heads to you. Amen
Reading: Psalm 24 (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: I just have to say, I hear these verses speaking directly to me seeing as I am a Gates. But really, this Psalm reminds all of us to lift up our heads. At camp they play a game, “Look Down. Look Up!” I am not exactly sure what the game is but I know the point is to look down and then look up…at a person in the circle. Only thing is, I hear the youngest campers don’t quite get it. When told to look down, they look down. When told to look up, they look up to the sky…not at someone in the circle. They look up…straight up. Well, that is the direction given. “Look up!” And so they do.
The Psalmist also says to lift up your heads. All of us lift our heads; not just the Gates. Why? So the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty! He is the King of glory! “Look up!” Like the campers, that is what we should do, too. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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