September 16, 2018
God Makes a Home
Genesis 2: 4b-9, 15-23
This week’s story…
It must have been very exciting when God created the world. God made the sky and the ground. Streams of water bubbled up from the ground to water the earth. No grass or plants grew in the new world, however. After all, there was no one to work the land and take care of the plants.
God created someone to take care of the newly created world. Out of the dirt, God formed a person – Adam. God breathed life into Adam. Adam began to breathe on his own and have life.
God knew that Adam would need a good place to live. God grew a garden named Eden where Adam could live.
In the garden, God made every kind of tree and plant. Some of the trees and plants were beautiful to look at. Other trees and plants provided food to eat. Adam lived in the garden with all the trees and plants God had created.
Even with all the magnificent things that God had created, there was still something missing. God thought about Adam. God new that Adam needed a helper.
God said, “I will create a companion for Adam.”
God began creating many different kinds of animals and birds. Each one God brought to Adam to name. Adam named the cows, giraffes, ladybugs, cats, and every animal that walked on the earth and each bird that few in the sky.
After God had created all the animals, there was still no companion for Adam.
God made Adam fall into a deep sleep. God took a rib from Adam’s side to make a helper. Then there were two people, a man and a woman – Adam and Eve.
When Adam saw Eve, he was jubilant. He said, “At last there is someone who is like me.” Adam and Eve gave thanks for the entire world God had made. The man and woman helped God care for the new world.
Recognizing God’s Grace…
- Read and enjoy this week’s story with your children – imagine and wonder together.
- Imagine how you would feel if you were one of the two people created in the beginning. Use your bodies or your voices to show your feelings.
- Take a walk and enjoy the wonders of creation, noting the variety of plants, animals and people.
Responding to God’s Grace…
- Create pictures with glued-on scraps of tissue paper and markers, or write a paragraph about what you imagine things looked like as God began to create the world.
- God expected human beings to take care of the Garden of Eden. Wonder how God wants you to care for the place where you live. Name ideas about what you are to care for; draw or paint the ideas on paper. Post the paper in your home where everyone can see and learn from it.
Celebrating in Gratitude…