Prayer: Thanks for remembering me lovingly, Lord.
Reading: Psalm 25:1-10 (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: My memory is a little faulty at times. My wife is sure of that! Sometimes my memory is pretty good. But sometimes my sister remembers old family stories differently than I do. Hmmmmmm.
There is so much to take from today’s psalm. Verse 7 sort of scares me--the idea that God might remember the sins of my youth. Oh, my. You gotta hope God’s memory isn’t too good. But the same verse goes on: according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord! God’s memory isn’t faulty, I’m sure. If some memories from my teenage years cause me to shutter, surely God isn’t too happy either. But, isn’t this a wonder verse? That God’s memory is overlaid and infused with Love. God remembers us lovingly.
And, just another idea for today—that thought says something about any grudges we might hold, doesn’t it? --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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