Prayer: God, through the story of Ruth and Naomi, help us to see your love that never ends. Amen.
Reading: Ruth 1:1-18 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: During this Holy Week, as we prepare for our Easter celebrations tomorrow, we have an extra devotional this week to look ahead at our summer curriculum for Day 4. On Thursdays this summer, we will be studying the story of Ruth and Naomi.
In this story, we heard about how God cares for us through others and how we can help our neighbor. What is surprising to you about the story of Naomi and Ruth? Do you think you would have done what Ruth did in that situation?
As an activity today to dig a little deeper into this story, take a large piece of paper and make a family tree. It doesn’t have to be fancy. You can simply write names and draw lines between them, or use pictures. How many generations back can you go? As you work on this family tree, think about what you know about these people in your family. How did they care for you or others? What can we learn from them about loving our neighbor? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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