Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on October 9, 2014.
Prayer: Rejoice with us, dear Lord, in the good things this day and help us put aside the bad things. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 106 (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: This Sunday, the psalm is a collection of verses from Psalm 106. But today, I'd like you to read the entire Psalm and reflect on it with me.
As I read it, it reminded me of the passage in the New Testament (I think it's in Hebrews) that recalls a long list of faithful people and how they overcame obstacles. This psalm does the same. But look at the last verse. It reminds us that we should, in all circumstances, praise God.
I read a Facebook post today which the writer said she was going to list some of the trials of her day. But she didn't, because she spoke to a friend who had worse obstacles to overcome. That put everything into perspective.
When we keep God in our hearts and minds and have an attitude of gratitude, our outlook each day will be bright! --Chad Hershberger
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