objects: a family photo album of a
vacation trip and a Bible
I pulled this
album out of our bookshelf the other day. Itís filled with
pictures of a vacation trip our family took a few years ago. Why
do you think we out photographs in albums like this? Itís fun to
look through them. Is it because we want to remember things that
happen, and picture help us to remember?
Look, here is
a picture of Tessa and Mitchell standing in front of a big sequoia
tree. I almost forgot about that day. Those trees were so big, and
Tessa was so small. Gee, I almost forgot about how little she was
then. She was not quite three years old. Now she is eight, and
much taller. Not as big as a sequoia, thatís for sure. Mitch has
grown also. Wow, itís hard to believe how much has changed since
Some day they
may have their own families and their own children. I wonder if
some day they will look through this album with their children and
remember our family trip. I bet it might make them want to take
their own trips together and afterward create albums to remember.
The Psalm we
just heard from the Bible is like a family photo album. No, there
arenít photographs, but the words create pictures in your mind.
The words tell the story of a family trip - the family, the
children of Israel. It was not a vacation. They were running away
from trouble. They were moving to a new home. God was taking them
there. It took a long time. Many things happened on the way.
the album and see. If we look at the words in this album just
before where Miss Edna just read, we see all sorts of pictures.
Moses trying to get Pharaoh to let his family go. This photo is
28). God sent darkness. Yuck, this one (vs.
29) is all red. The river turned to blood, and fish are
dying. Iím not sure I want to remember that, but it was part of
the trip. There are frogs (vs.
30) flies and gnats (vs.
31), a hail storm (vs.
32)... Well, enough of that. Letís turn ahead.
Look, here the
family of Israel is finally leaving, and the Egyptians are glad to
see them go (vs.
37-38). Hereís a picture of the food God provided
them on their journey - quail and manna (vs.
40). And fresh water, too (vs.
41) - water is important when you travel through a
desert. Here is a picture of all of them together. Can you see it?
You canít. Oh, let me read the words so you can see the picture.
"God brought his people out (of Egypt) with joy,
his chosen ones with singing." (vs.
43). In that picture they are all smiling. Theyíre
happy. Theyíre so glad, theyíre singing. They are thanking
God. Thatís a nice picture.
almost forgot about that trip. This album helps us to remember. Itís
important that we remember it. Together. It makes me want to take
a trip with my family, a trip with God. How about you? I want to
trust God like they did. Seeing those pictures reminds me of some
of the mistakes they made. What can I learn from their mistakes as
I make my own?
I like photo
albums, even ones with pictures made from words. I like Godís
album. Well, youíve got things to do just now - heading to choir
and then to Sunday School where youíll continue looking through
Godís photo album. Before you go, letís pray.
you for these "pictures." I want to go on a trip with
you, to trust you along the way. I think these kids do, also. Lead
us. In Jesusí name. Amen.