Prayer: Lord, help me to sing: My help comes from the Lord.
Reading: Psalm 121 (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: Central Pennsylvania is full of what we call mountains. For folks who live among the Rocky Mountains rather than the Appalachians, these are just hills. Nevertheless, often our cemeteries are in sight of the hills we have lived among all our lives. Consequently, Psalm 121 is often a part of my interment liturgy. We stand in a tent, by a hole covered by a casket. We lift our eyes and there are the hills from whence our help comes in life and death. From the Lord: maker of heaven and earth; who neither slumbers nor sleeps; who keeps us—our going out and coming in for ever.
Why not sing? The hills are alive with the sound of music. Wonderful words and a great tune. My help comes from the Lord. For those of you have buried loved ones recently—your help comes from the Lord. For those whose comings and goings are still coming and going—your help comes from the Lord. --Jim Bricker
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