Prayer: Gracious God may our words be uplifting and helpful. May what we say to each other be inspiring. May what we put out there in social media be truthful and kind. Help us use our words wisely. Amen.
Reading: 2 Samuel 23:1-7 (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: David was a man of many words. He wrote many Psalms praising God. In his last words he tells more about himself and how God used him. David’s last words offered some advice from his life and a warning. David was not perfect, but God still used him for good. Words are very powerful things. We should all carefully use words both spoken and written. Words used wrongly can get you in a world of hurt. There is a rule of thumb that I used when I was teaching. Before you speak, THINK. Always ask yourself: Is this True? Is this Helpful? Is this Inspiring? Is this Necessary? Is it Kind? May our words be good and pleasing to God.
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