Prayer: As we go through storms in life, thank you for the strength and peace you bless us with. Amen
Reading: Psalm 29 (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: Psalm 29 describes the Lord in a stormy way - thunder, mighty waters, breaking cedars, flashing flames, shaking the wilderness, whirling the oaks and stripping the forest bare. And in his temple all say, "Glory!" (v. 9) Yes, we are to worship the LORD in holy splendor. (v. 2)
In the stormy times of life, watching things go from calm to all whipped about, it may be hard to remember to worship. But it's like everytime there is a thunderstorm, if I can, I listen for its coming, watch through its heavy winds and downpour and wait until it tapers away. Feeling strength in the storm and peace in its passing.
God sits above all this and we worship and say, "Glory!". Our hope is the strength he gives and the peace he blesses us with.
-- Ruth Gates
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