Scripture for Monday after the First Sunday in Advent

Genesis 6:13-22 13 And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. 16 Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. 21 Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.” 22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

Lord, we honor Noah for hearing and responding to You, but sometimes we don’t hear Your voice when You speak to us. Perhaps we expect You to speak to us as in a conversation with another person, but You speak to us in many ways: Your Word, words of teachers and preachers, nudges of conscience, and ideas You plant in our minds. Help us to listen for Your voice and recognize when You speak to us, and carry out what it is that You would have us to do. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Ghost now and evermore. Amen.

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