Prayer: God, you are the love that endures forever and the one we should remember first. Help us to depend on you. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 107: 1-3, 17-22 (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: I was just reading this morning a story about a person who lacked confidence. He lacked that confidence because his father, who was an upstanding man in their community, had an affair which tore apart his family. The son felt that he could not do anything because eventually he may go down the same path as his father. He had looked up to his father so much.
A wise person in the son’s life pointed out to him that he was depending more on his father than on God. If he depended on God, the son could have confidence and forge a different path than his father.
When I read that story, I was reminded that too often we think we can do it ourselves or depend on earthly people for our only lens of living life. But we should be depending on God. God can help us do anything, even when we lack the confidence. It is God who we should put our trust in! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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