Prayer: Lord, help us turn to you when it seems things aren't right. Thank you for forgiving our sins and restoring our joy. The assurance of your counsel then leads us forward surrounded and preserved in your love. 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: Some days it just seems something is wrong. Can't put a finger on it but the unsettled feeling is there and I can't shake it off. All is not right with the world. Well, of course it isn't! We live in a broken, hurting world and we are a broken and hurting people.
Time to turn to the Psalms. Quickly. Particularly to any Psalm which starts with, "Happy are those who..." and Psalm 32 happens to be one of them. According to this Psalm, there is joy in forgiveness. By keeping silent, we end up groaning all day long. (v. 3) When we acknowledge our sin, there is forgiveness. (v. 5) This Psalm also assures us the Lord will preserve, surround and counsel us. That can turn any day around. --Ruth Gates
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