Prayer: We give thanks for your creation and how you show your love through what you made, dear Lord. Amen.
Reading: Genesis 2: 4-15 (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: It’s Friday and another chance for us to look at this summer’s curriculum at Mount Luther. If you recall from the introduction last week, our theme is “The Water of Life” as we learn about the life-giving water of God that heals, sustains, and saves us.
Last week, we read the creation story, which is the main text that our campers will hear on Day 1. Today, we read another account of creation, which is recorded in Genesis 2. Look it closely. How is it different from the day-by-day version we read last week? How is it the same?
I remember in one of my religious studies classes in college that we looked at various accounts of creation. We looked at these two versions in the Bible and also read the Gilgamesh epic from mythology. We would compare and contrast each story with other accounts we read.
You may wonder how there could be more than one account of creation. Think about it, though. When the same people are at an event, they remember different details of the story. Maybe the writer of Genesis wanted to take a look at creation from two different points of view. It seems the passage we read today dealt more with the creation of humans and how we interact with the rest of God’s creation.
This summer, as we look at this text with our campers, I can’t wait to see what they pick up and dwell in about the creation story. Some may be interested in the insects and bugs that are created. Some may like the concept of day and night. Others may focus on the water aspects. Despite what is their favorite part, we can remind them that it was God, in all God’s goodness, that created creation for us to enjoy. God’s love shines through in creation each and every day! --Chad Hershberger
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