Prayer: Dear God, help us to know our character, not our circumstances, matter the most. Amen
Reading: Ruth 3: 1-5; 4: 13-17 (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 arrived in Israel poor, a foreigner and a widow with her mother-in-law. Dire circumstances for sure. But Ruth never complained. She was loyal to those she loved. She was grateful for any kindness shown. Despite her foreign background, Ruth chose to follow the true God and she was accepted among God's people. She caught the eye of a good man. They married, began a life together and had a son. Ruth the refugee (circumstance) became an ancestor of Israel's greatest King (character). She proved that character counts more than circumstance. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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