Hope for Us

AnimFireStarter The neighborhood women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They called his name Obed. He became Jesse’s father and David’s grandfather.

Ruth 4:17

We come to the end of our Tuesday story in Advent. Ruth and Boaz marry and have the baby, Obed. He’s the grandfather of King David. It’s from the family line of David that Jesus will find his historical connection through Mary, his fatherly connection to God.

Let’s think about what is obvious throughout this story: that God can take someone on the outside and bring that person into the center. It’s like a basketball game that you’d like to get into, but you’re just standing on the sidelines. You’d love to play, but you’re just not in the “in group.” Then something happens. Someone tosses you the ball and invites you in. Then you make the final shot that wins the game—right from the center of the court! Hurray, you’re a hero! That’s what God did in this story of Ruth: a lady on the sidelines of all the actions gets to come into the center! There’s hope for us!   Merry Christmas!

Ruth 4

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
In the household of my God
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

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Winter in the north.  Year C
Tuesdays are dedicated in Advent to the Book of Ruth

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Solar and Sacred Seasons
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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…