Prayer: Dear God, may we always remember the old stories of the Bible even when it seems everything must be new to be interesting. Amen.
Reading: Genesis 25: 19-34 (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: With the constant bombardment of new information and stories coming at us all the time, it's no wonder we might neglect to go back to read old stories. When did you first hear the story of Jacob and Esau? I remember it being in Sunday School; maybe 1st or 2nd grade. Since it is also in the lectionary, I probably heard it during worship that young, too.
Sbiling rivaly and complicated parenting? Lots of books written about that and there are plenty of books about personal struggles, prayers and answers from God, too. Newspapers, magazines, novels and self-help books galore. Or, you could just read Genesis 25: 19-34 again and get it all there. Old stories good as new. --Ruth Gates
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