Prepare: Gather some hiking gear. If you can go all out with a big backpack, tent and sleeping bag, even better! You will not need to set anything up.
Come in from a different place than usual, and make a big show of carrying so much stuff. Talk to the children gathered about heading out for a long hike up into the hills or mountains or just out into the “wild.”
I was reading the scriptures for today, and it seems like the place to see God is out in the wild, or up on the hills, so I heading out! I’ve got some water, and a tent (just go through your gear a little to show how ready you are), with all this stuff I should be able to stay out there for a long time. I’m sure to see God if I just stay there.
Then, once I find God I can just hang out there and always be in with God. So, if you want me, I’m going to be out in the middle of nowhere, hanging out with God.
But, you know, there’s a problem. In the Bible stories we read today the people who went to the mountains to be with God came back down! When they found God on the mountain they were given something. Moses got the 10 Commandments, and the disciples with Jesus learned who he really was. They had to come back so they could share the things that they learned with the rest of us. What would our world be like without the 10 Commandments? Or what would it be like if we never learned about who Jesus is?
You know what else? I don’t really even need to leave to find God. god is here with us right now! We can learn about God’s love right here with each other, and we can share the good news of God’s love with everyone we meet. It is great to hang out with God, and with the rest of God’s people, but we can’t stay there, we have to take the good news out to everyone.
So, maybe what I should do with all the gear is go out and help people learn about God! I’m going to go do that, but let’s pray first.
God of the mountains and valleys and everywhere in between, give us the strength to be your hands and voice in the world, and the courage to not just hide in the places where our faith feels safe. Amen
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