Prayer: Lord God, help us to make our homes like the heavenly home you have prepared for us. Amen
Reading: Psalm 132 (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: “Home is where the heart is.” I have seen this phrase in many different forms, on plaques on the walls of houses, in picture frames in college dorm rooms, in letters sent to family members who are away from where they grew up, in conversations about being away from family. Home is where the heart is. Home is supposed to be where we feel comfortable, safe, restful, and loved. Home is a feeling of being accepted and welcomed by the people, objects, and feelings that we surround ourselves with. Home is, well, home.
So our psalm today talks about finding God a resting place, a home. It takes a while for God to get a resting place and it requires sacrifice especially on David’s part. David had promised not to go home himself or to sleep until he found a home for God. And God rewards him with a long line of sons to sit on his throne which also hints at Jesus’ coming as king over all.
In this we find hope and a home. That with Jesus we have a home in God’s family and a place prepared for us in heaven. May our homes be comfortable, safe, and welcoming. And if they are not, know there is a place, a home for you in God’s family. --Peter Horn, Camp Mount Luther Board Member and Summer Week Chaplain
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