Prayer: Thank you for making us lie down in green pastures and restoring our souls. Amen
Reading: Psalm 23 (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 know someone who is not a very churchy person but observes a Sabbath day of rest more faithfully than most churchgoers I know. Don't ask him to leave the house or do anything on a Sunday. He would really rather not and mostly likely probably won't. Not optional. He just does it.
After all the times I have read, heard, sung or recited Psalm 23, this time what struck me was the the word "makes". "He makes me lie down in green pastures." This place of rest and time of restoring of the soul is not optional. Just do it.
Perhaps for you it can't always be Sunday. Maybe one week your day of rest is a Wednesday. Perhaps you can't take a whole day. Maybe your green pasture is actually 15 minutes in the hot tub. Whenever, wherever and whatever it is, think of it as the Lord making you lie down in green pastures. Our souls will be restored. Let's just do it. --Ruth Gates
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