Prayer: God, may we look for your care and love revealed like the colors of sunlight in a rainbow. Amen
Reading: Genesis 9: 8-17 (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: God's covenant with Noah and every living creature was that never again (would) all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again (would) there be a flood to destroy the earth. (Gen. 9: 11). This covenant was marked by a symbol - the rainbow.
Sunlight is made up of colors we don't usually see. When a beam of sunlight comes down to earth, the light is white but it is actually made up of colors. Those colors are revealed when the beams of sunlight separate as they enter a raindrop and a rainbow appears in the sky opposite the sun.
Interesting how God chose the rainbow which reveals the unseen colors of sunlight as reminder of a covenant from God who is also unseen. All those colors are always there; God's love and care is always there, too.
Standing in the rain, backs to the sun, look and there is the rainbow - colors revealed. Standing in our troubles, sometimes with our backs to God, look and there is care - Love revealed. --Ruth Gates
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