Prayer: Dear God, help us to remain faithful to you even in the midst of the downpours in our lives. Give us your reassurance that you have not abandoned us. May the rain nourish and refresh us and all your creation. Amen.
Reading: Genesis 7 (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: As a member of a summer camp staff, I hated rainy days. Rainy days seemed so challenging. The rain seemed to easily dampen the camp spirit. There are no aquatic activities if there was lightning. Horse trail rides were cancelled if the trails were muddy. More campers seemed homesick if the damp, gloomy weather stuck around for a few days.
Yes, it was an important part of our staff development to ponder and plan for rainy days. We needed to be prepared for those days. How can we move the outdoor activities indoors on those rainy days? How can we adapt? What is our Plan B, C, D, E, etc.? (Can you imagine 40 straight rainy days?) As staff members, we needed to take extra effort not to let rain dampen our camp spirit. We needed to be as enthusiastic on rainy days as bright sunny days.
How are we to respond to rainy days? Noah provides a faithful model on how to respond. As God predicts 40 days and nights of rain, Noah does as the Lord commanded him. Noah remains faithful to God in the midst of the downpour. Remaining faithful is what gives us the strength to be cheerful and enthusiastic on those rainy days. God has not abandoned us—there will be a rainbow soon!
--Pastor Chad Hebrink
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