Prayer: Dear God, seems songs of praise and the story of the Good News is often what we need most. Thank you for your Word that is always there for us. 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?
When I was young in the '70's, I recall having a Bible of just the Psalms and the Gospels. It was as if those books of the Bible were the essentials to have if space to pack, weight to carry or time to read were an issue. My older brothers also had The Way Bible which I thought was cool because of the groovy photos. Sometime around then the Good News Bible also came out with its stick figure drawings. Of course I had my 3rd grade Sunday School RSV Bible with dictionary, concordance and maps, but that was a bit daunting to me. Where to even start? So I remember reading that small, pocket size Bible of just Psalms and Gospels. Thing was, I never got much further than Psalm 1. Maybe because I always had to start at the beginning or maybe because I liked trees (v. 3). Either way, Psalm 1 was and still is special to me and it is always there.
Happy are those...what a great way to start and what a great reading to keep coming back to. How happy I am I had a compact and convenient copy of the Psalms and the Good News. When digging into the rest of the Bible seems a bit daunting, look for what you need most. It's there.
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