Prayer: Let there be light in the year ahead. May your light shine in us and through us each day. Amen
Reading: Genesis 1: 1-5 (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: This is a great way to start the New Year. At the beginning! Every January 1st we face the beginning of a New Year. Every morning we awake to the beginning of a new day. Yet every new day actually begins in the dark.
Sometimes we feel too much in the dark, especially through the dreary gray days of January or because of what is happening in the world. We know, however, that light will come, for God says “Let there be light!’’
There is a saying, “Hope begins when you stand in the dark and look out and see the light.” Let us rejoice that God assures us His light will prevail. --Alice Yeakel
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