Posted by: Katie Cottle | December 10, 2009

Jesse Tree: Day 12

December 10

Scripture:  Ruth 1: 15-2: 3

Reading:  Ruth and Naomi had lost all the people they loved. Naomi’s two sons–one of them was Ruth’s husband–had died, and Naomi’s husband had died too. Naomi had been living in Ruth’s country, far from her family, and so Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem. Ruth could have stayed in her own country with her own family, but she chose to go to Bethlehem with Naomi.

Naomi was so sad that she thought that God had forgotten her. In the days of the Bible, most women couldn’t get jobs, so women would go the fields and take the grain that the farmers left behind. Ruth went to the field to gather grain, and there she met Boaz, a relative of Naomi’s, who took care of them. Boaz and Ruth married and had a son, and Naomi was happy. She knew that God had not forgotten them, even when she had been sad.

Talk About:  When did you feel really sad? What can make you happy?

Prayer:  Holy God, thank you for being with us always.

Written by Christina Van Eyl. Illustrations by Helen Phillips except for the lion which was drawn by Jeff Brown. http://www.rca.org/Page.aspx?&pid=1628&srcid=1602

Ornaments done by our group –

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