Prayer: Lord, We are grateful you do not dwell in one place but go everywhere with us. Make a home in our hearts. Welcome. Amen
Reading: 2 Samuel 7: 1-11, 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: My cousin's widow once shared with me how "Home" had always been her answer for the on-line security question, "Favorite place to vacation?" Home. She simply loved being home with her husband.
I recentlly did a getting-to-know-you questionnaire. In answer to the fill-in-the-blank Favorite Destination?, I wrote Home. Yet, since home is where the heart is, my "homes away from home" include: Camp Mount Luther, my church home, my childhood home, anywhere with family and a certain mountaintop with friends in WV. I carry home with me.
David, having reached his destination and sitting in his home, decided it was time to build a home for the LORD, too. But the LORD, through Nathan, told David, "No." Nathan explained that while God had always traveled with his people; building a home now was not for David to do. Eventually a temple was built by David's son and it was quite elaborate at that.
More importantly though, we know God does not dwell in one place but is with us everywhere and wants a home in our hearts. Welcome home. --Ruth Gates
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