Background passage: Ruth 1:1-17
Daily reading: Ruth 4:13-22
Saturday October 24, 2015
Focus passage: Naomi took the child and held him to her breast, and she became his guardian. Ruth 4:16
In the moment of birth, Ruth rather than handing her newborn to his father Boaz, hands him to Naomi the grandmother. The book of Ruth is not just a story about a Moabite outsider’s journey, it is also about Naomi. We first met her in the midst of great heartache. Her husband and two grown sons both die and she journeys home bitter and empty.
By the end of the book of Ruth, Naomi has gone from emptiness back to fullness.
Her companion Ruth, then makes her way into the family lineage to King David and then eventually to Jesus. What does it say about our God, when even the outsider becomes the very vessel through which God’s work is done?
While we all have bad days, some of us have downright horrible days that stretch into weeks, months and years, we are always, always worthy of God’s love. Nothing can separate us from the love of God found in Jesus Christ.
Have you experienced God working in your life? Share that story with someone today and/or post a comment.
Prayer: God of loving kindness help me to find a way through my day where I am aware of your presence all around. Amen.