Advent: Monday Nov 28

Genesis 8:1-19

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided; the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters gradually receded from the earth. At the end of one hundred fifty days the waters had abated;

and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains appeared.

At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground; but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took it and brought it into the ark with him. He waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark; and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. Then he waited another seven days, and sent out the dove; and it did not return to him any more.

In the six hundred first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and saw that the face of the ground was drying. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.

Then God said to Noah, “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” So Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. And every animal, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out of the ark by families.

[The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]


The text notes that “God remembered Noah…and all who were with him in the ark.” What do you hope God remembers in today’s world?

What might it mean “to abound”?



  1. God’s remembering is often the beginning of good news. When God remembers God’s people or God’s covenant good things happen. What is mysterious to me is God’s forgetting. How does that happen? What does that mean? Are our prayers the reminders God needs?

    1. Tonight at Pub Theology we discussed how sometimes we humans project onto God (like with violence), so I wonder if that could tie in with your questions? Maybe we forget and we project that onto God? No solid answers for me, but I so appreciate these tough questions you ask. 🙂

  2. I particularly like the fantastically precise account of time in this reading. I’m not sure about the meaning of the seventh month and seventeenth day, but the 601st year, 1st month, 1st day sounds like a new beginning… the Y2K of its time.

  3. There are so many things I pray God remembers. Layers upon layers of broken systems, relationships, and actions of humanity. Something that comes to mind through all of these exact dates is that this work takes such a very long time. We think it’s done, sending out our doves time and again hoping that life is returning just to find that we’re not quite there yet. Hope is exhausting. But I think there is a process we can learn from this. Five months of rain, a year on a boat, and almost 3 months of healing to pick it all back up and try again. That’s really hard but it’s also beautiful.

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