Prayer: Lord, this is the day you have made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Amen
Reading: Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29 (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: How do you greet the day? One way would be to simply exclaim Psalm 118: 24 - This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Maybe you’ll do it quietly in your heart with that first cup of coffee (or tea) while others are sleeping. Maybe you’ll sing it in the shower if you know the tune and it just sounds better there. Maybe you’ll say it out loud as you go out the door and surprise the neighbors. It is hands down the best verse to start the day!
Here is another idea: each time - silently, singing, or shouting - emphasize a different word. This is the day - not yesterday or tomorrow but today. This is the day - really it is! This is the day - a whole day to live. ...the Lord has made - give credit to the Lord. Let us rejoice and be glad - us, me, you, all together! Rejoice and be glad in it. - Concerns maybe but no complaints; or at least more rejoicing than whining. Rejoice and be glad in it. Maybe not for it but at least in it. We all know some days are better than others. If you can't rejoice for the bad day, at least try to be glad in it anyway.
This is a way to greet the day! --Ruth Gates
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