RUTH………..This is one of the greatest stories in the Bible. This might seem surprising. Why?
The book of Ruth records no miracles. There are no angels that appear to deliver a special revelation from God. Ruth does not receive anything like a sign to lead her in one direction or the other. There are no mighty events.
The story of Ruth is about a relationship between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. Life has become extra challenging for both as they lose husbands and resources become slim. This story sounds familiar, at least much more down to earth than the epic battles and story lines we’ve been reading about in The Story.
Ruth’s response to loss is a healthy one. RUTH REMAINS LOYAL TO HER MOTHER-IN-LAW AND GOES TO WORK.
How much better would we be if we followed her example! We do not always receive clear signs from God about what we should do. Life can be filled with loss. This can be a tough place to find ourselves, but increasing our loyalty to those closest to us and by moving forward in productive, God pleasing ways, we set ourselves up for healthy living.
As you read Chapter 9 (pages 121-127) this week, consider some of these questions:
- How would you describe the relationship between Naomi and her daughter-in-law? Is there anything you can apply to your relationship with your in-laws?
- Character is revealed by what we do, what we say, and often by what others say about us. How does Boaz serve as an example of a godly man or Ruth as a godly woman for you?
See you on Sunday–attendance at Adult Sunday School has been great. Thank you Brad for leading us again this week! We will meet in the sanctuary at 9:45.
NEW MEMBERS……….This Sunday we will be welcoming 7 new members to Peace Lutheran. Please come to welcome them and celebrate with cake afterwards. Thank you ladies guild for providing the goodies!
PHOTO DIRECTORY…………..The new photo directories are ready for you to pick up in the narthex of the church. We are down to 15, so make sure to get one if you have not already.
MEN’S BREAKFAST…………..Please come to the men’s breakfast on Saturday (Nov. 7th) at 8:30 am. This is an open time of discussion on a current topic or trend in the culture. How should the church respond? Come and share!