Prayer: Dear God, may we trust in you without wavering and praise you with our feet on level ground. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 26 (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?
My feet stand on level ground; in the great assembly I will praise the LORD. Psalm 26: 12
This evening my son, James, is at a Cleveland Symphony Orchestra performance of An Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss. I thought I would listen to a recording while I write and perhaps do some research to learn more about piece.
The story of An Alpine Symphony depicts the experiences of eleven hours (from twilight just before dawn to the following nightfall) spent climbing an Alpine mountain. As a boy, Strauss experienced an Alpine adventure similar to the one described in his An Alpine Symphony: he and a group of hikers lost their way heading up a mountain and were caught in a storm and soaked on the way down. The 50 minute piece paints many pictures from sunrise to sunset; ascending to descending; calm to danger; waterfall and meadow to glacier and thunder. Surely you get the feeling of beginning on level ground, all the joyful and fearful wonders of a journey and ending back on level ground again.
The last verse of Psalm 26 speaks of standing on level ground and there praising the LORD. Life takes us on many journeys; up and down, good and bad along the way. Knowing our feet are on level ground, it is good to praise the LORD. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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