Ruth 4:1-6 Boaz Stands in Ruth’s Place

“Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, “Come over here, my friend, and sit down.” So he went over and sat down. Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, “Sit here,” and they did so.... Continue Reading →

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Ruth 4:8 When Doubt Creeps In

I wonder, if years after Ruth married Boaz and had had her son, how often, as the years went by, did she mull over this story with a sense of wonder at how God brings things to pass? There have been several times over the past few days where I have felt seeds of doubt... Continue Reading →

Ruth 3 When Hope Finds A Way

As I move into the second half of Ruth, although the focus is on the unfolding story of Ruth, my eyes are on Naomi. Back in chapter one our introduction to Naomi is of a woman who is in deep grief, overwhelmed with a sense of emptiness and bitterness and returning to a place she... Continue Reading →

Ruth 3:3-4 New Garments, New Day

“Take a bath. Put on some perfume. Get all dressed up and go to the threshing floor. But don’t let him know you’re there until the party is well under way and he’s had plenty of food and drink. When you see him slipping off to sleep, watch where he lies down and then go... Continue Reading →

Ruth 2:14-16 Such Grace, such Kindness

Ruth the foreigner, still dressed in her grieving widow gowns, is invited to come, not to a distant table in the back corner but invited to come to the table with the people who already belong..inviting her to belong.  She doesn't get crumbs but is offered the roasted grain and wine - no mean portion... Continue Reading →

Ruth 2:15-23 He Took Notice of You

I remember watching a documentary recently and in it a foreigner was visiting Africa and was attempting to carry something on her head without dropping it. The kids and young women were laughing at her pitiful attempt. She struggled to balance a plate on her head, let alone pales of water, firewood and crops from... Continue Reading →

Lessons from Acts Chapter 6

Back in my 'pre-kids-working-full- time' life, I was working for a company that specialised in Corporate Psychology. My boss was a highly trained Psychologist who spent most days helping large company managers and leaders analyse and develop their leadership potential. One of the things I learnt to do in my role...

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