Prayer: The heavens are yours, O Lord, and remind us of the mighty works you do. Amen.
Reading: Deuteronomy 4:19 (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: If you haven’t already done so this summer, take the opportunity to go outside on a starry night and lay down in the cross in an opening in the woods, a clearing, or a field and stare into the sky. Look up at the havens and see the moon and the stars and remember God and the hosts of heaven as you do. You may even want to meditate on the words of Psalm 23 and imagine the Good Shepherd watching over you.
Viewing the heavens and reflecting on creation while watching the stars can be a moving experience. You’ll undoubtedly feel God’s presence in His creation. You may even feel humbled as you think about your place in God’s universe.
The stars in the night sky should be a reminder that this summer, you should grow in your love and knowledge of the one who created you and worship Him. The awesomeness and majesty of our Lord should be apparent as you take time to “lie down in green pastures.” Use your experience as a reminder that you should at all times worship God. --Chad Hershberger
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