Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on March 19, 2015.
Prayer: Restore to me, God, the joy of your salvation as I remember how I am washed and cleansed by you. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 51: 1-12 (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: Wash and cleanse. Those two words, in the opening verses of today’s passage, stood out to me as I read this text.
My kids love bath time. My two-year-old son loves to splash in the water. My daughter loves the bath paints we have that she can be creative on the sides of our tub. When the kids are in the bath, they like to lie down in the water and enjoy the cleansing it provides. They are even pretty cooperative when we have to dump water over their heads to wash out the shampoo.
I’m sure the youngest kiddo doesn’t understand the significance of the water his baptism. I know my daughter does. When she had her birthday party at camp in December, some of her friends were at the water foundation in the lobby of the Evergreen Center. They were playing with the water and she made the sign of the cross on her forehead with the water. She told her schoolmates, “That’s what we do at church!”
Today, look for ways that you are washed and cleansed by God. How does God create in you a clean heard and put a new and right spirit within you? --Chad Hershberger
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