Prayer: Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgivng and honor and power and might be to you, God, forever and ever! Amen! (Revelation 7: 12)
Reading: Revelation 7: 9-18 (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 young I asked what the word Amen means and was told it means Let it be. This was very interesting to me as my experience and understanding of the phrase Let it be came from hearing the Beatles song of that title, my childhood being the late 60's and early 70's.
We always end prayers with Amen. What if we began with Amen, too? Before even starting in on our praise, petitions and thanks, simply say Let it be.. And then, when all is said and done, repeat Let it be. From beginning to end all our words (and songs) are to God - blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor and power - forever and ever. Let it be...Let it be. Bookend prayers with Amen.
-- Ruth Gates
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