We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on April 28, 2016.
Shine, Jesus, shine;
fill this land with the Father's glory.
Blaze, Spirit, blaze;
set our hearts on fire.
Flow river flow;
flood the nations with grace and mercy.
Send forth your Word, Lord,
and let there be light. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 67 (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?
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, so that your way may be known upon the earth, your saving power among all nations. Psalm 67: 1
The Benediction at the end of worship sometimes contains the phrase, "(The Lord) make his face to shine upon you." What does that mean and what difference does it make?
Maybe you recognize the song I used for the prayer above. The chorus pretty much explains it. When God's love shines on us, the land is filled with His glory. Our hearts are fired up, grace and mercy flood like a flowing river and the light of the Word is in our world. No wonder I like to sing this as the final hymn on a Sunday morning.
In this dark world, the light of God's face shining on us certainly makes a difference. When the Pastor proclaims this in Benediction, let's go forth singing in our hearts, "Shine, Jesus, shine!"
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