Prayer: Dear God, may I always remember to sing praise to You while I have my being. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 104: 24-34, 35b (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: When I was about four years old, I joined our church’s junior choir. We sang choral arrangements that are now stuck in my long-term memory as surely as my first address and phone number. I can still sing the melodies and, in many cases, recall what the front cover of the music looked like.
One afternoon, my mom told me it was about nap time and told me to go lay down for a bit. I laid on my bed, but wasn’t sleepy. So I started humming the tune of a piece that we had practiced at choir rehearsal over the weekend. Pretty soon, as I laid on my bed looking toward the window, I was singing all the words. “Everywhere I go the Lord is near me…..” I looked up to find my mom standing in the doorway smiling at me. I don’t remember exactly what she said, but it was clear that she had lovingly given up on me taking any kind of a nap.
“I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Music sticks with us. Kids who come to camp go home singing the songs that they’ve learned from meal-time, campfire, and anywhere in between. And so, some of camp’s greatest hits are sung on the way home in the car on Friday evening, for better or for worse. If parents are lucky, they might hear a few rounds of “Awesome God” in between loud choruses of the Banana Song, or Shark Attack. But more than a few times, some of those simple songs of faith are the best reminders of God’s love. May we all sing to the Lord our whole lives long. –Sarah Hershberger
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