Prayer: Lord, help us to remember your faithfulness. Amen
Reading: Psalm 22:1-5 (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: Most of us recognize the first line of this psalm. Jesus quotes it from the cross. Forsaken, abandoned, alone, not heard. Terrible feelings. None of us has experienced anything like Jesus’ execution. I imagine, however, that most of us have had moments when we have felt abandoned and alone. It seems like the feeling just drives us deeper and deeper until we lose hope.
We read on and hear the psalmist express trust in God who is holy and enthroned. The foundation of that trust is in history. The psalmist leans on the story of his ancestors. This is the history in which God actively walks among David’s people and ancestors. A long time ago I worked with material (Word and Witness for those of you who may remember) which described this story as HIStory. His story. God’s story.
How might we today place our troubles in the context of history? In the context of remembering God in our lives in the past? Perhaps by looking back we will again remember God’s faithfulness and be able to trust God in the present—no matter how awful it may seem.
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