Prayer: When our souls are heavy and the night is long, be with us as we watch for the morning. In your Word there is hope. Amen
Reading: Psalm 130 (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: Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep, I find myself wishing it were morning. Often it is hours away but eventually the sun will come up again. So I watch for the morning and most of the time I fall back to sleep.
My saddest moment recently was in the hour before dawn, when the night seemed be at its darkest and so was the sorrow in my heart. There was no going back to sleep. As time went by I happened to look out an east window. I was not even watching for the morning and there I saw a glorious sunrise. With that I knew there was love and power to go on.
When our souls are heavy and the dark time we are in seems long, as sure as the sun will rise in the morning, there is love and power for us to go on. So we watch for the morning and trust in the hope of God's Word. --Ruth Gates
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