Let's all go frapping! No, that's not a call to something dirty or unpleasant. It isn't a call to party hardy nor is it a cool, new dance. Frapping is sort of a lost art today. It is still done, but in a very different way. Whenever a bundle of stakes or pipes or rods are delivered, they are bound tight together. The manufacturer prepared the bundles by frapping. When I buy those little scrap wood wedges I use to shim something, installing a window or door jamb, those wedges are frapped.
In our text today, (Acts 27:4-26) Paul is describing a pretty scary journey. Yet, Paul is not concerned because God has assurred him that no lives will be lost. But, naturally, the sailers don't believe Paul, so they do everything to save the ship & save their lives. They even frap the ship in an attempt to preserve it. Not an easy task to be sure. Frapping an entire ship! Impressive. A lost art today. Or is it? Perhaps it is time to revive this art in the Church of Jesus Christ.