Prayer: Dear God, help us to go with the changes that happen when in relationship with you. Amen
Reading: Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16 (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: Let me be the first to say, "I don't like change." Many of you are probably agreeing, "Uh-huh." Now that we got that common consensus out of the way, let's also admit that sometimes change can be interesting and exhilarating. Shake things up a bit. Something new instead of the same old same old. Still, any change requires adjustment and that is where the stress lies.
So, in our lesson God is establishing his covenant relationship with Abram. No more same old, same old for for 99 year old Abram. And no more same old, same old for his 90 year old wife, Sarai. They don't even to keep their names! Abram becomes Abraham; Sarai becomes Sarah. They will be father and mother to nations; fruitful with even kings coming from them. Canaan will be theirs and God will be their God for generations. Everlasting covenant; huge CHANGE!
You have to read verse Genesis17: 18 to find out Abraham's first response to these upcoming changes and Genesis 18:12 to find out Sarah's. You probably know already but check it out if you don't. Of course, Abraham and Sarah followed in faith as we are to, also. Covenant relationship with God means everything changes. Fortunately, we don't have to go as far as changing our names. What a legal bother that would be! But aside from that, change happens. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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