Prayer: Be by my side, Lord, and help me to see you and be happy. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 32 (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: This week, I went to a lecture by David Gregory at Susquehanna University. Gregory is a CNN analyst, who used to work at NBC News and hosted “Meet The Press.” He was also a White House Correspondent during the George W. Bush presidency.
Gregory has written a book about his journey of faith. He talked about it during his lecture. One of the points he made was that despite his rise in television news and being very successful, there were times in his life that he still felt empty. As we started to explore his Jewish faith, it started to be more in his heart, rather than just in his head.
When I read this Psalm, I thought of Gregory’s speech. This Psalm reminds us of happiness as it is tied to our faith. It reminds us that God is always with us. It reminds us that there is more to life than just what happens on earth.
Gregory says he reads the Psalms and turns to them for comfort. In times when you need to be reminded to be happy, or in times that you need a pick me up, turn to the Psalms and remember that God is with you. –Chad Hershberger
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