Make Your Life Count
Sunday, July 23, 2017 – 10:00am
Children’s Sunday School
and 10:00 worship.
In the Make Your Life Count series Ruth is the focus of Sunday’s 10:00am worship service. Ruth is a great role model of loyalty, faithfulness and cross-cultural living, and hers is a great story to tell.
Ruth 1:8-22 Common English Bible
Naomi said to her daughters-in-law, “Go, turn back, each of you to the household of your mother. May the Lord deal faithfully with you, just as you have done with the dead and with me. May the Lord provide for you so that you may find security, each woman in the household of her husband.” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept.
But they replied to her, “No, instead we will return with you, to your people.”
Naomi replied, “Turn back, my daughters. Why would you go with me? Will there again be sons in my womb, that they would be husbands for you? Turn back, my daughters. Go. I am too old for a husband. If I were to say that I have hope, even if I had a husband tonight, and even more, if I were to bear sons- would you wait until they grew up? Would you refrain from having a husband? No, my daughters. This is more bitter for me than for you, since the Lord’s will has come out against me.”
Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth stayed with her. Naomi said, “Look, your sister-in-law is returning to her people and to her gods. Turn back after your sister-in-law.”
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to abandon you, to turn back from following after you. Wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord do this to me and more so if even death separates me from you.” When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her about it.
So both of them went along until they arrived at Bethlehem. When they arrived at Bethlehem, the whole town was excited on account of them, and the women of the town asked, “Can this be Naomi?
She replied to them, “Don’t call me Naomi, but call me Mara,for the Almighty has made me very bitter. I went away full, but the Lord has returned me empty. Why would you call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has deemed me guilty?”
Thus Naomi returned. And Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, returned with her from the territory of Moab. They arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.
Can you imagine yourself choosing to go and live with a family and a community of a totally different culture? How would it feel? What would be difficult? What would bring you joy? How would you fit in if the understanding of God and faith were different from what you had known? What has been your experience of the mother-in-law bond?
Prayers please for:
Dave Bryan, LaRon Bryant, Doug Durham, Sarah Clark, Erma Johanson, Joseph Lappia, Nancy Lawman, Joyce Liggett family, Monica Marks, Bob Metcaf, Steve Mitchell, Vivian Noble, Lisa Odom, Erica Smith, Joella Sparks, Al Vopata, Ken Walela, Ava Watkins, Wojcik Family