Prayer: Guide our feet in the way of peace. Amen
Reading: Luke 1: 68-79 (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?
Guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1: 79c
Every week in Junior Choir, for a warm-up, we sang a song called, Give Us Peace - Give us peace. Give us peace. Lord, up above, give us peace. My children learned it as Dona Nobis Pacem. English or Latin...same tune except what I learned also had a verse - In this world of trouble and strife, we all seek a far better life. Hear our prayer, constantly. Give us peace. Lord, up above, give us peace.
Growing up in the Vietnam Era, my childhood idea of peace was the peace sign popular then (and still now) and the end of the war (there have been a couple since). Yet every week we sang of the Lord giving us peace; not symbols, protesters or peace treaties.
In this world of trouble and strife, we do seek a better life. We pray constantly for peace. The message in our text today is to ask the Lord to guide our feet in the way of peace. In other words, peace is something we need to point ourselves and move toward. It comes from the Lord who gives it and guides us and our feet as we seek a far better life. The song we sing constantly becomes a constant prayer.
Dona nobis pacem. Give us peace.
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