Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on August 18, 2015.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we worship you always and in all sorts of places. May our hearts always turn towards you and when you hear our prayers, forgive.
Reading: I Kings 8: 22-30, 41-43 (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: Solomon built the Temple, brought the Ark to the Temple and, in our verses today, dedicates the Temple. It is a wonderful prayer of God’s promises, love and forgiveness. The Temple surely is amazing yet Solomon admits in verse 27, “But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built.”
Where do we worship? What temples have we built? All summer, worship at Camp has been outside. Well, except for when it is raining, of course. Now, all have gone back to their places of worship at home or at school. Wherever we worship, we ask God to, “Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.” (v. 30).
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