Prayer: As you love us, God, help us to show that love to others and not be vengeful. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 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?
Reflection: I wrote the other day that I’ve been thinking lately about mercy. God shows us mercy and love every day of our lives. In this passage from Psalms, I’m reminded about how God has grown, too. We see stories in the Old Testament when God was vengeful. I’m wondering if this was written during a period when the people where feeling God’s wrath.
But, God “changed ways” and acts differently as we read more stories in the Bible and relate God in our lives today. And so I wonder how often we are more in a vengeful mood. And I wonder how we might become more merciful and loving, just like God. –Chad Hershberger
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