Prayer: Healing God we thank you for all the times you have brought us through times of struggle and sickness. Help those who are struggling now with sicknesses. Be with the people who are caring for them. Guide the doctors and nurses who tend to the infirmed. We also pray that you give them comfort and peace. AMEN.
Reading: Psalm 30 (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: There are many times in our lives where we struggle and need to call on God. We are sorrowful and we have a hard time seeing what good can come from what we are going through. When people are dealing with cancer is one of the many that comes to mind. I have seen it firsthand when I was a student chaplain at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital in Texas. There is a ton of suffering as they are going through treatments. There is much joy when they are in remission. The psalmist has had a similar situation. The words that are there are wonderful to use in such a time. Job is another such place where there is much sorrow and struggles that ends in God’s blessing where a person should rejoice. May we remember to praise God and rejoice when we are brought through our times of trouble.
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