Prayer: We watch the storms in life and cry out to you for safety. Thank you for being with us and for the calm stillness after. Amen
Reading: Psalm 107: 1-3, 23-32 (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: Storms. My daughter gave me a necklace with a cloud, raindrops and a lightning bolt as we like to watch thunderstorms together. Our storm watching was under the shelter of the front porch of our home but we were often chased inside by the wind and rain. Now she lives elsewhere. I recently visited her and, sure enough, an approaching storm chased us in from the outdoor seating of the restaurant. Safely inside we ate and came out to a world windswept and washed. Calm.
The Psalms describes a storm and those in it losing courage. They cried to the Lord and he brought brought them out of their distress. In the still and quiet they rejoiced and thanked the Lord for his steadfast love.
We sometimes become discouraged in the storms of life. We watch the storm brew and strike and sometimes have to seek safety. When the storm passes we are grateful and glad to be back to calm in life.
I am grateful for my necklace, for my daughter the stormwatcher with me and for the calm that comes after.
-- Ruth Gates
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