Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back each of you to your mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you,
as you have dealt with the dead and with me.
Let’s take a journey backwards in time—thousands of years ago. On Tuesdays we’ll be reading a lovely jewel of God’s words from way back then. It is the book of Ruth. It’s a small book of only four chapters—one for each of the four weeks of Advent. In addition, there will be a theme-word that will be the title for each of the Firestarters for these weeks.
Ruth is the great-grandmother of King David an ancestor of Jesus. For ages past, God has been carefully weaving his plan like a great tapestry. Every once in awhile, some different threads enter into the weaving—in this case, a woman who is not a Hebrew marries into a Hebrew family. It’s a love story that is just beautiful. About two-thirds of the book has dialogue in them, which makes it a kind of weekly drama. Feel the emotions of the characters: enter into their lives. God is up to something with this wonderful lady—and God is up to something with you too!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
My God deals kindly with me. v. 8
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the First Week in Advent
Winter in the north. Year C
Tuesdays are dedicated in Advent to the Book of Ruth
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…