Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on December 16, 2014.
Prayer: God, you are everywhere. You are with us. Thanks be to you. 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 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: David, lowly shepherd turned King, is realizing while he is living in a palace of cedar, the ark of God was still in a tent. Something must be done about this! So he tells Nathan his plan. David's plan, you see. Commendable but not what God had in mind as it often is with our grandiose ideas compared to God's whose ways are higher than ours no matter how hard we try.
So God, through Nathan, gives David this gentle reminder, "Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? I have not dwelt in a house to the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day." Final answer on the matter, Nathan explains, "The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you."
I have listened to the pipe organ in Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Holy Thursday. I have worshiped in the woods of Camp Mount Luther on a midsummer evening. One took centuries to build. One was an apple orchard less than a hundred years ago. God is there; God is here. Emmanuel: God with us. Thanks be to God. Amen. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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