Prayer: Dear God, help us to see how what we do each day prepares us for the next. With your support, we are strengthened and saved. Amen
Reading: I Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49 (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: How many times have we heard the story of David and Goliath? So many times but probably so long ago, too. The Sunday School leaflet version was certainly shortened and simplified but if you read all the verses from I Samuel 17 listed above, you get much more of the story.
Here is something I had forgotten: David convinced Saul to let him fight Goliath by citing his experience protecting sheep. David had killed both lions and bears to save sheep; so he was sure he could take down Goliath. “The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.” Gee, Davey, I hadn’t thought of that! Go ahead and fight the Philistine.
What do we do daily in our ordinary lives that make us capable to handle the extraordinary challenges that come up in life? Knowing that God has been with us all along and will be with us always, surely we can handle whatever today brings. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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