Prayer: Faithful God, when the dark is deep and life is scary, may the fire of your presence remind us of your love. Amen
Reading: Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18 (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: Abram had a lot of questions for God. Many questions which God kept answering but after the long day, Abram fell asleep and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him. God continued to speak assurances and when the sun had gone down, a fire and flame passed as the Lord made a covenant with Abram.
There is something about a campfire that is reassuring. Light you can see; warmth you can feel. I think campfires are one of my top 5 favorite things at Camp. The sun goes down and the campfire is lit. Facing it is light and warmth; looking behind is darkness. God speaks love and I believe. That's campfire faith.
-- Ruth Gates
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