Prayer: Dear Lord, Help us all to remember that we are not only part of your kingdom, but a part of the camp family as well. Guide us in creating environments in our lives where those around us will feel like family. Help us to be descendants who spread all over the world teaching of your family. Amen.
Reading: Genesis 10 (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: Verse 32 of Genesis Chapter 10 is a very simple one. It very plainly sums up the chapter. Here is a list of Noah’s family. After the flood, the descendants moved throughout the world and became nations. So what is the big deal about a long list of family members? It’s not the names of these biblical figures that are important. It isn’t necessarily even their contribution to the historical world. It can all be explained in a very unadorned concept.
Just like at camp, these folks were all part of a large family. Camp is an excellent intentional community where we all become a piece of a great big family- God’s family. It is certainly important for us at camp to make every camper, staff member, pastor, volunteer, and guest feel a part of this family. Everyone wants to feel like he or she is included. What a great experience it is to feel like you are part of a family!
The campers will not leave camp, spread all over the world, and make their own nations. However, they hopefully will leave with that sense of being part of a special family. Hopefully they will go out and tell their friends about their “new camp family” and encourage them to be part of it. What families are you apart of—both biologically and otherwise? How do you share God’s love with those families?
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