Prayer: Give us rest, Lord. Be with us when are by the stream. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 23 (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?
During May, we look at our fifth day of study in this year’s summer curriculum, “The Water of Life.” Psalm 23 tells how God cares for us as a shepherd cares for sheep. God leads us to the waters of life and provides us with all that we need.
According to the passage, what are some of the things that God provides for us? What do you think of when you read this psalm? Sometimes we can feel like God is far away, but this passage tells us how close God is to us. It tells us that God is with us, even during difficult times. The second part of this psalm, verses 4-6, is written to God. Have one person read it again aloud. As you listen, close your eyes and think about this being said directly to God.
Look at the psalm and try to rewrite it using examples from your life. For example, instead of “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil,” you might write, “Even though I have a difficult time in English class, I know that you are with me, God.” What other examples might you use? This psalm rewrite can also be used as a prayer. Keep it to remind you of God’s presence. --Chad Hershberger
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