Friday March 10, 2017
The Ninth Commandment.
You shall not covet your neighbor's house.
What does this mean?--Answer.
We should fear and love God that we may not craftily seek to get our neighbor's inheritance or house, and obtain it by a show of [justice and] right, etc., but help and be of service to him in keeping it.
Keeping up with the Joneses is an American tradition, isn’t it? Our house needs to be as nice if not nicer than everyone else’s. But in this commandment we learn not to desire what is not ours but instead to support our neighbor in keeping his or her property. In doing so, we acknowledge that God gives gifts not just to us but to various members of our community.
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for all that you give to me and to my neighbors. Grant that I may see all of these gifts as signs of your love for me and my community. Amen.
Greetings and peace be with you,
Throughout Lent, the Lutheran Camping Corporation will be sending out daily devotions for your use. We invite you to read and reflect upon these devotions as part of your Lenten discipline.
This devotion, written by Pastor Clifton Eshbach, includes one of the texts from the daily lectionary in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, as well as some prayers and hymns from ELW that may be used in your Lenten discipline of study and reflection.