September 6 – 12 Family Devotions
This comes from Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s book Children of God Storybook Bible
Week of September 6 – 12
Theme: LOVE AND DEVOTION (Ruth 1-4)
On year, the rains did not come. There was no food or water in the whole land of Israel, so Naomi and her family left their home in Bethlehem and went to live in the land of Moab. While they were there, Naomi’s husband died. Eventually, her sons married Moabite women named Orpah and Ruth. After ten years of living in Moab, both of her sons died. Naomi was heartbroken.
She said to Orpah and Ruth, “I am returning to my own land and my own people, and each of you should go back to your mother’s house.”
Orpah kissed Naomi goodbye, but Ruth clung to her. She loved her as much as her own mother.
“Wherever you go, I will go,” Ruth said. “Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Where you die, I will die.” So Ruth and Naomi wiped their tears and together returned to Bethlehem.
But when they arrived, there was no family left to take care of them. A kind man named Boaz let Ruth pick grain from his field, even though she was a foreigner. When Boaz heard how devoted Ruth had been to Naomi, he fell in love with her. Before long, Ruth and Boaz married. They were the ancestors of Jesus, who would also be born in Bethlehem.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.