Prayer: As we think about our words and actions, please help us to do all in your glory, Lord, and leave a legacy for generations to come. We also pray this day for our First Light Devotion writers, who will be gathering tomorrow in retreat to write devotions for the coming months. Be with them and guide them in their task. 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: Our scripture text today tells us that these are the last words of David. He lived a long, productive life. And, he died. It’s something all of us face. You know the old saying, “There are only three assurances in life: birth, death, and taxes.”
Last month, my wife’s family gathered in southwestern Ohio to celebrate her grandmother’s 100th birthday. It was a great party, celebrating the life of a woman who was all about family, faith, and serving others. It was a milestone that most people don’t ever see and I was so blessed to be part of this occasion.
Twelve days later, after she hit the centennial mark, died. She suffered a fall that week and failed quickly. This past weekend, her family gathered to celebrate her life again, this time at a memorial service. Again, people talked about her strong family ties, her faith, and how she was important in the lives of others.
David and Grandma Schneider left legacies for the generations that followed them. They lived their lives in glory to God and were respected by their families. What will your legacy be, when someone writes your last words? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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