Prayer: We long for you, O Lord, and ask you to help us see you more clearly. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 42 (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: The other day, I took a walk down toward the labyrinth here at camp and to my surprise, I saw a deer coming toward me. She stopped. Looked at me, and then looked into the woods. Then, coming from behind her was her fawn. I stood there for a moment, tried to take a picture, but the deer ran off into the woods. I continued to the labyrinth, but didn’t see them again.
“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.” I bet those deer eventually got thirsty. Did they go to the pond to get a drink? Did they stop by the stream at Blacksnake? I will never know. But I’m sure they longed for a drink after a while.
I think of those deer and wonder if I long for God like those deer long for a drink. And, I’m sure the deer are thirsty each day. Do I long for God every day or just when I need help? As we are teaching our campers this summer, God meets us every day in many ways. May we long to see God in those moments! --Chad Hershberger
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