Prayer: Dear God, from David’s lament for Saul and Jonathan to Jesus’s words, “Peace I leave with you.” may we share the love we have for each other and find joy in your love for us. Amen.
Reading: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 (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: In the first chapter of 2 Samuel, David hears of the death of King Saul and also of his best friend, Jonathan. Verses 19-27 are David’s Lament for Saul and Jonathan. He ordered that the song be taught to the people of Judah. It was called The Song of the Bow and was written in the Book of Jashar. Of course, it is here in 2 Samuel to remind us today of honoring friendship and feeling the sorrow of loss.
Just over a year ago, Hannah, a Fairport High School student passed away from cancer. That evening, Jon, a friend and fellow student wrote this song, Peace I Leave With You, dedicated in loving memory of an amazing person no one will ever forget. Like David’s song, Jon’s was taught to the school choir. It was recorded and the file on SoundCloud has reached its maximum number of downloads. You may listen with the link below. May it bring peace to you today.
(Jon Madden, composer of Peace I Leave With You, is also a member of Incarnate Word Lutheran Church, Rochester, NY.) --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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