God Gives Life

July 26-31

God Gives Life

July 26-31 Family Devotions
Part 1

This comes from Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s book Children of God Storybook Bible

Week of July 26 – 31

Theme: GOD GIVES LIFE (Genesis 1)


In the very beginning, God’s love bubbled over when there was nothing else—no trees, no birds, no animals, no sky, no sea—only darkness.

Out of this love, God spoke, “Let there be light.” And there was day. And there was night. And when the first day was done, God smiled and knew that it was good.

On the second day, God said, “Let there be sky where the clouds can float and the wind can blow.” And the sky was bright blue and beautiful.

On the third day, God said, “Let the waters gather together into oceans and let the dry land appear.” Now God decided to make the world even more dazzling, with tall trees and long grass. And then the first flower opened in all its glory.

On the fourth day, God said, “Let the sky be filled with the sun and the moon.” And God scattered stars across the sky like sparkling diamonds.

On the fifth day, God said, “Let there be birds to fly and sing and fish to swim and splash.” And the world was filled with the joyous sound of birdsong.

On the sixth day, God said, “Let there be animals—elephants and giraffes, cats and mice, and bees and bugs.” And suddenly the world was
a very noisy place.

But something was still missing. Then God said, “I will make people, and I’ll make them like me so they can enjoy the earth and take care of it.” He did just as he had said, and it was all so very, very good.

God looked at everything that he had made and clapped his hands together in delight. “Isn’t it wonderful!”

On the seventh day, God laughed, and rested, and enjoyed his glorious creation.


What is your favorite animal and why?

Where is your favorite place to go explore and see beautiful things?

What are some ways we can enjoy and take care of God’s earth?

Family Project

Plan and have a family “take care of the earth” outing – even something as simple as walking around the neighborhood and picking up trash.