Today, we look at a Day 5 text from this year’s summer curriculum, “Transformed Community: God’s Agent of C.H.A.N.G.E.”
Prayer: Dear Lord, you are the source of all that is good in my life. Guide me and help me each day to recognize your many blessings and to cherish them. To you I give all the glory! Amen.
Reading: Psalm 103:1-14 (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 is an old Atari video game called “Pitfall” that I thought of as I was reading the text today. Save me from the pit. Nothing good happens in the pit. When you fall into the pit you die. That entire video game surrounded jumping over pits and other obstacles within the time limit. In order for “Pitfall Harry,” which is your character in the game to survive, you have to successfully navigate past all the pits, logs, holes, alligators, scorpions, etc. Staying alive means jumping and moving at just the right time.
No, this isn’t what the Psalmist had in mind, but this is what many people think of in terms of a good disciple’s life—avoiding the traps of living. The good news is that God did not construct a life full of traps that we have to avoid to move on to the next phase towards higher godliness. We don’t discover how to “beat the game” in order to get to heaven.
God does indeed deliver us and help us. We give God praise and thanksgiving because God is always working for us. God doesn’t make traps. God turns our missteps in the right direction. God helps us to see the silly game that we are trying to survive and a better way to live.
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