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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Ruth was willing to give up the possibility of security and children in order to care for Naomi.
Ruth was a moabites, but that didn’t stop her from worshiping the true God, nor did it stop God from accepting her worship and blessing her greatly. Although Ruth belonged to a race often despised by Israel, she was blessed because of her faithfulness. (NLT)
Ruth 1:11-17 – But Naomi replied, “Why should you go on with me? Can I still give birth to other sons who could grow up to be your husbands? No, my daughters, return to your parents’ homes, for I am too old to marry again. And even if it were possible, and I were to get married tonight and bear sons, then what? Would you wait for them to grow up and refuse to marry someone else? No, of course not, my daughters! Things are far more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord himself has caused me to suffer.”
And again they wept together, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye. But Ruth insisted on staying with Naomi. “See,” Naomi said to her, “your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods. You should do the same.”
But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. I will go wherever you go and live wherever you live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”
The psalmist wrote, “Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength is spent.” — PSALM 71:9 (NRSV)
Kenneth Avon White (Tennessee) titled his story “TIME WELL SPENT;” here is Kenneth’s story:
“Recently, I attended church services with two of my friends who are older adults. Afterwards, when they invited me to lunch with their seniors’ Sunday school class, I politely accepted, although it wasn’t my idea of fun. After lunch, I was invited to help conduct an afternoon worship service at a retirement community. This was not how I had envisioned spending the last few hours of my weekend. I wanted to entertain myself with a movie, a trip to the mall, or a cup of coffee with a friend. But I felt obligated to go to the retirement community. However, once I arrived, my attitude quickly changed. I engaged in interesting conversations, shared hugs, and watched the eyes of those older saints light up with joy, like those of young children on Christmas morning.
“My Sunday afternoon at the retirement home reminded me of Ruth and the way her commitment to her mother-in-law, Naomi, has always inspired me to be a better person. Then I realized for the first time that on one level, Ruth’s story is about cherishing our elders.
“When we honor older people by spending quality time with them, we show them that they are valuable, and in the process we honor God. And whenever we honor God, we walk through a doorway of unexpected riches — just like Ruth and I did.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – One of God’s greatest gifts is time to spend with others.
Prayer: Dear God, guide us in choosing where, when, and with whom we will spend our time so that we can best share your boundless love with others. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO ARE ELDERLY
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