Prayer: Dear God, we celebrate milestone moments with gifts. Thank you for your gifts of hope, love and redemption daily. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 130 (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: My daughter graduates from high school tonight! We will be remembering all the years of school, hard work and accomplishments! We will look back even further to when she was a new baby and marvel how she is now ready to go to college. Birthdays, vacations, softball, Family Camp...so many memories!
Parents provide so much through a child's life and give gifts at the milestones. What has been essential in life and what graduation gifts does she really need? Hope, love and redemption.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord , for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. Psalm 130:7
Put your hope in the Lord. Putting hope in the things and the ways of the world will disappoint but hope in the Lord will not let you down. Hope is a gift to get you through all of life.
With the Lord is unfailing love. Yes, the love of family is always with you no matter where you go. There is also the love of true friends by your side. Remember, God's love is a gift that never fails and is with you always.
With God is full redemption. While all this sounds perfect - looking back, graduating and going forward all with hope and love - nobody is perfect. However, God's gift of redemption continually restores us as loved children who live with hope.
From day one to this day of graduation and through all the days ahead, hope, love and redemption have been and always will be God's gift to you. Happy Graduation! May your first thank you note be a prayer. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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