Adrianna Halsey is a camper and has served with S.W.i.M. (Students Working in Mission) working alongside summer staff at Camp Fowler.
As we continue in our Lenten journey we explore the writing in the Psalms. “How can young people keep their way pure?” The Psalmist appears to be directing the question to youth and instructing them on how to live a pure life focused on God. Throughout the passage we are given instruction on how to live according to God’s word and will.
As a teenager in today’s society, it is a good idea to remember these guidelines. Without these reminders, staying pure in American culture would be nearly impossible. It is important to remember that there is One who is higher than us, who wants us to live a good life. Without the word of the Lord and his laws it is hard to follow the commandments he has given us.
Verse 11 is particularly important in this world of temptations. “I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.” In a culture that makes turning away from God so easy and acceptable, God’s word is a powerful weapon. Sometimes even just a verse can make a bad day better. This is important for people of all ages who want to live a life pleasing to God.
This world makes it hard to live according to God’s will, but by seeking him and the guidance found in his word, we can do our very best.
Prayer: Keep my path holy, oh Lord, and keep me strong in your word so that I may not stray from it.
The 2015 Lenten reflections were submitted by staff, volunteers, board members, campers, and friends who have spent time at Camp Fowler in New York.
For this year’s Lent devotions, the days follow the Common Lectionary texts. Each author was invited to: 1.Read the passage.
2.Read a couple passages before and after the assigned day.
3.Do something else for the day, keeping the passage in mind.
4.Find a word/phrase/concept that connects with your own experience. Reflect on that.
You are encouraged to do the same.