Lydia here. Pinch hitting for Laura who is out sick. Pray for her comfort and ability to rest up!
Today we learned about the promise God made to Abraham, a promise that his decedents would be as numerous as the stars. God told Abraham, "...I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout thier generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you." Gen. 17:7.
There's a lot more to the covenant than that, but that's the part the storybook highlighted along with the part of the story where Abraham and Sarah pack up all their stuff and move to a new, beautiful place.
As a lead in to this story, we packed a backpack with cookware, a towel, a hat, mittens and a Bible and went on a trip to our new, beautiful campsite (a super cool play tent on loan from Olive Edwards). The kids had a great time playing in the tent and pretending to star gaze.
I didn't have time to give this lesson much thought beforehand. So, basically I just presented the story and didn't drive home any clear moral. I am confident that God is able to work on the hearts of our kids without my input, and that his Word can speak for itself. As I went into second service, I was working to gain some significance from the lesson for my own sake. Then, voila, Summer compares God's people to stars (or moons) who reflect God's glory and the love of Christ. We shine brighter and brighter through sanctification. Then Mark pulls out this new song that incorporates the chorus of an old Rich Mullins song. A verse to that old song goes like this:
Sometimes I think of Abraham
How one star he saw had been lit for me
He was a stranger in this land
And I am that, no less than he
And on this road to righteousness
Sometimes the climb can be so steep
I may falter in my steps
But never beyond Your reach
Wow! These connections between what was happening in Sunday school and what was happening in "big people church" astounded me.