Prayer: Dear God, may we see how we are all so different and not so different, especially as we see you at work in our lives. Amen
Reading: Ruth 1 (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: Ruth and Naomi were so different - in age, ethnic origin and religious background. When both their husbands died, their in-law connection was gone and they could have gone separate ways. Naomi, from Judah, was ready to move back there from Moab. However, Ruth, from Moab, stayed by her side saying, "Wherever you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God." (Ruth 1: 16)
Ruth and Naomi were not so different - in loss, moving and God at work in their lives.
-- Ruth Gates
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