Prayer: God of all the ages, help us to remember all you have done and tell the stories of your love to others, too. Amen
Reading: Psalm 78: 1-4, 12-16 (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: From the opening moments of the first movie of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you just know there is going to be trouble. How? Because you get the background of what happened before the story that is to come. Ominous music, somber scenes and these haunting words, "All that once was is lost, for there are none now who remember." Yes, that is how the trouble started. No one remembered the stories from the past.
Psalm 78 reminds us..."things we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us...We will not hide them from our children; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done." (v. 3-4)
The Lord of the Rings movies go on for over 12 hours (the books for hundreds of pages) but why it all happened can be summed up in that opening line. I am certainly grateful for those who taught me the stories of God's love and to love others. Always remember and tell others. --Ruth Gates
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