Prayer: Loving God, teach us to be wise and build upon your way. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 7:24-27 (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: Friends welcomed my wife and me into their vacation cottage many years ago. After getting settled in, they took us out on a boat ride tour on the nearby Ottawa River. My friend piloted the boat around pointing out sweet spots for fishing, the power plant discharge area, and many beautiful homes along the shoreline. After a little while he said, “But there is one house, Andrew, I have to show you…” He steered the boat towards the opposite shore and when we got close enough he pointed. “There, doesn’t that remind you of the wise man that built his house upon a rock?” There was a massive formation of exposed, but solid rock on the shoreline. In the middle of it, and high above any danger of flooding, you could clearly see a much smaller house. There was no way that house was going anywhere.
The image poses the question, how are you building your life? Are you building so that it will actually withstand the trials and troubles? Build upon God and the unshakeable Word and it will. If we are sitting comfortably and safe, are there those that you can reach out to and invite into safety or help get to their own safe home building? --Andrew Fitch
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