Prayer: Be our refuge and strength, Lord, this day and forevermore. Amen,.
Reading: Psalm 91: 1-6, 14-16 (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: A little something different for our devotional today. Let’s have a little bit of a history lesson!
When I read this passage, I was reminded of the song “On Eagle’s Wings” that we often sing in church. But, I didn’t see reference to an eagle here. So, I decided to find out more about the hymn.
According to Wikipedia, “On Eagle’s Wings” was written by Michael Joncas in the late 1970s. He based it on both Psalm 91 and Isaiah 40:31. It’s now song at Catholic masses and at Protestant services. In fact, it was performed at many of the funerals of 9/11 victims 15 years ago. It was also sung at the funeral Mass for Luciano Pavarotti.
And now that we are done with our history lesson, let’s switch classrooms and have an English lesson. Wikipedia also tells me that Joncas stated that his preference for the title would be “On Eagle’s Wings,” showing that the wings belong to one single eagle (a metaphor for God). But, he said he could also argue that the title could be “On Eagles’ Wings,” since many wings would be needed to lift up the multitude of God’s people. Neat!
If you’ve never heard this song below, we’ve included a link below to a YouTube video with Josh Groban singing this hymn. The words are also included. --Chad Hershberger
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