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 →
“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 →
The LORD bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-REDEEMER. ”” Ruth 2:20 NIV What do I believe about redemption and what does the Bible teach me? It is... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it.” Naomi replied, “All right, my daughter, go ahead.” (Ruth 2:2 NLT) “When you harvest the crops of your land,... Continue Reading →
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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Somehow I think I heard one too many prosperity teachers in my teenage years and have a slightly cynical reaction to anything that smells anything like prosperity doctrine. So when God stirred my heart to focus this year on the `Favour of God' I must admit it made me cringe and I do so with a... Continue Reading →