We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on February 18, 2016.
Prayer: Lord, your goodness is here for us to see. Help us wait, be strong and take heart. Amen
Reading: Psalm 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?
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27: 13-14
Sometimes one thing after another seems to go wrong. "When it rains, it pours." they say. They also say "Things come in threes." which can make one a bit nervous when the second bad thing happens.
Then there are times when blessings are showering down. When good times are rolling. When they say, "You ought to go buy a lottery ticket!"
Whichever way it is going, I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord. In the comfort that comes from the heart in times of sadness. In the shared joy celebrating a grand moment with family and friends. In the helping hands that turn up at any time needed. In the grateful hearts who have hope.
Sometimes we have to wait, be strong and take heart to see the goodness but we can still be confident it is there.
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