The word made rock

Matthew 7:21-29

Be like the wise man who built his house on the rock.

In Papago Park, a preserve near the center of Phoenix, two small rock mountains rise up from the desert. One of them, Garden Butte, is 1.6 billion years old. The other, about half a mile away, is a youngster at only 17 million years old.

Because Phoenix receives fewer than ten inches of rainfall every year, Garden Butte and its younger cousin aren’t covered with trees. One sees only rock, rock that has been around for eons. When I travel to the United Church of Christ conference office, or to see friends, I try to get to Papago Park to see those two rock mountains. Being in the presence of something millions of years old helps me keep my life and my ministry in perspective.


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