This week's lesson is focused on the Creation story. The story can be condensed as follows:
In the beginning there was nothing. Then, on the very first day, God gave us the gift of light. So now there is not just darkness, but there is light and dark. When God saw the light, God said, "It is good." And that was the end of the first day.
On the second day, God gave us the gift of water. God gave us the gift of all the water that is water. This is the water that all the rest of the water comes from. God put the firmament between the waters above and the waters below, to separate them. When God saw the water, God said, "It is good." And that was the end of the second day.
On the third day, God gave us the gift of the dry land. God divided the water and the dry land, and gave us the gift of green and growing things. When God saw the dry land and the green and growing things, God said, "It is good." And that was the end of the third day.
On the fourth day, God gave us the gift of the day and the night. God gave us a great light that rules the day--the sun--and the lights that rule the night--the moon and the stars. When God saw the day and the night, our way to keep time, God said, "It is good." And that was the end of the fourth day.
On the fifth day, God gave us the gift of all the creatures that fly in the air and all the creatures that swim in the water. When God saw all of the creatures that fly and swim, God said, "It is good." And that was the end of the fifth day.
On the sixth day, God gave us the gift of all the creatures that walk upon the earth: the creatures that walk with two leg, like you and like me, and all the creatures that walk with many legs. When God saw the creatures, God said, "It is very good, " and that was the end of the sixth day.
On the seventh day, God rested and gave us the gift of a day to rest--and to remember the great gifts of all the other days.
As we close each storytelling session, we have wondering time where we can think further about the story as a group.
Some wondering questions to try at home:
- I wonder which one of these days you like best?
- I wonder which day is the most important?
- I wonder if we can leave out any one of these days and still have all we need?
Remember. This is not a time to quiz children on what they may or may not recall about the lesson. Rather, it is an opportunity to be quietly present as the children share their own experience.
You can view a presentation of this story on YouTube here.
Next week, we will explore the story of the Flood and the Ark.