Prayer: Lord, may we never take for granted the rock on which our lives are built - Christ as our cornerstone. May we be living stones for you. Amen
Reading: I Peter 2: 2-10 (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: Granite became a popular countertop material around the time we remodeled our kitchen. It being expensive, however, we opted to only have granite on the island where I would be doing most of my food preparation. There have been countless meals prepared, breads kneaded, salads tossed, fruits chopped and cookies rolled out on that stone. Not to mention, as people always seem to gravitate to the kitchen, the island has been a gathering place of family and friends. I would have to say it is the cornerstone of my kitchen. Where I spend my time and do my best work. I don't take that granite for granted.
I remember the granite salesperson telling me stone is actually alive. Our text today speaks of Christ being our cornerstone and we are living stones. While I am still not sure about stones being alive, I do understand the importance of a cornerstone in construction (and remodeling!). Most of my time is spent and the best of my work is done on that island top of stone. Christ is our rock and with Him is where we can spend our time and do our best work. Then we will be living stones, too. Let's not take that for granted either. --Ruth Gates
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