Prayer: Awesome God! You are an awesome God. We praise you and thank you for your love and promises. Amen.
Reading: Genesis 9: 6-17 (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: This summer, our theme is “Awesome God, Awesome Love.” On Fridays until then, we are going to have a sneak peek at the curriculum and each daily theme. In January, we will be looking at Day 1, “A Promise.”
Not long after God created everything, everyone forgot about God. The earth was filled with violence. Like a frustrated student wadding up homework, God nearly destroyed it all.
But in awesome love, God chose Noah and his family, bringing them safely to dry land, to new life. Then God did another awesome thing. God made a promise: that never again would there be a flood to destroy-the earth. Even knowing how violent we can be, God vowed never to destroy again. That's awesome love.
Keeping promises builds trust in families. If you are a parent, promise your child special time in near future. Remind your child of God’s promise never to destroy the earth again. Assure your child that God never breaks promises. Even if you child is an adult, it’s important to hear about those promises.
As in Noah's day, we are surrounded by violence. Violence is prevalent on television. Can you do to limit the amount of violence that you see each day and remember God’s promises of love? --From the ELCA Curriculum
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