Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on January 2, 2013.
Prayer: May our words be pleasing and acceptable to you, dear Lord. 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: A few people I know have taken yoga. I've never taken the time to learn that medication technique but I am told that it is very relaxing and good for the mind. I know at times my mind is constantly racing with thoughts and ideas. Sometimes I wish I could have a clear mind and not be thinking of anything.
As this passage from one of the Psalms says, we have to make our meditations with God meaningful. How do we do that? Here are some pointers I picked up from a good friend of mine. First, review your past. What have you learned from your experiences? How have you been helped by those events in your life? What has God taught you? Second, reflect on the greatness and goodness of God. Think of all the marvelous things God has done for you. Think of the awesome love and grace God gives to the chosen. Third, remember God's promises. The Bible is full of the many promises made by our Heavenly Father. Remember those promises. Finally, make requests to the Lord. As it says in Matthew, "Ask and it will be given to you."
Jesus frequently went to pray and gather His thoughts. We, too, should use our devotional time to meditate and pray. Then, we need to wait and see how the Lord Almighty answers our prayers. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Mediate on or discuss with one another this quote: "It's hard to stumble when you are on your knees!" (Author Unknown)
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