Prayer: Dear God, holding your word in our hearts, may we grow in your love and share it with others. Amen
Reading: Psalm 1 (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?
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season... Psalm 1: 3
It is pear season at the Gates'! The tree is loaded. Pears are dropping faster than we can pick them. We have five baskets of pears on the kitchen counter and more in the refrigerator. More than we can eat; more than we can make into pie, muffins, crisp and jam. We've called the neighbors to help themselves. We'll bring them to church Sunday. Plenty of pears!
That is what it means to yield fruit in season. That is like those whose delight is in the law of the LORD. Imagine if we yielded fruit like that pear tree in my backyard? It begins by rooting ourselves by living water. It continues by growing in God's word. It produces love to be shared.
Fruit in season is truly a blessing. Next will be apples. That tree is loaded, too. Thanks be to God! --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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