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The Solid Rock
Morgan Kennedy
 
When my husband and I were planning our wedding, we got a lot of advice from people. People told us the “secret” to marriage. Whether it was to always forgive one another, kiss each other goodnight every night, read together, pray together…. It was a long list! These have been helpful for sure, but there was one piece of advice that Ridge and I really took to heart.
 
When Ridge and I were in college at ECU, he asked my dad for permission to date me (yes – date) with the intention of marriage, if the Lord willed it. I wasn’t there when they were having this conversation and was a nervous wreck! I remember the look on my dad’s face after their conversation. He had tears in his eyes as he looked at me, which made my nerves even worse! What did Ridge say? What did my dad say? Why was my dad teary-eyed? I later found out that Dad gave Ridge his blessing and also this advice:
“Marriage is like spinning a plate on a stick. You have to have the right balance, with Jesus at the center. If He isn’t, then the plate starts wobbling and will fall.”
He said you must have God as the foundation of your relationship.
 
During Pastor Lesly’s sermon yesterday on the beloved hymn “The Solid Rock,” I began to think about that conversation again. As the Word says in Matthew, “Anyone who hears these words and puts them into practice is like a wise man, who built his house upon the rock.  When the storms of life come, that house will still stand because of its foundation. The solid rock. Not like the house built on sand which will give way and crumble.”
 
This hymn written by Edward Mote is so deep in theology and very personable and relatable to today. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.” Sin looks appealing. That’s why it’s so easy for us to fall into. But as the hymn writer states, don’t trust it! It will lead to destruction and misery. Our foundations as Christians, the very core of who we are, must be centered in Christ. We must wholly lean on Jesus name. He is our Helper, Friend, and Redeemer.
 
On Christ the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

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Jackson Witt - June 8th, 2021 at 9:30am

Beautiful.