Read it! Ruth 4:13-17
“He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age.
For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”
Think it through
Do you ever get the feeling that the book of Ruth is really more about Naomi?
I’d expect a book called “Ruth” to end with Ruth herself, happy with her husband and cradling her son in her arms. But instead we’re left with the image of Naomi holding and caring for the child, and her friends saying, “Naomi has a son!”
My mothering instincts spring to the defense of Ruth, but just as I noticed in my first Ruth post, we’re reminded that Ruth dearly loved Naomi (vs 15). Naomi isn’t a controlling mother-in-law, but a beloved grandmother cherishing her grandson. Her friends point out that little Obed is more than her grandson: he is her kinsmen redeemer, the one who will renew her life in her old age.
And so once again we are pondering the meaning of the word “redeemed”—what it meant to Naomi and what it means to us.
Live it like you mean it
Has God’s gift of children redeemed me as it did Naomi? How have they renewed my life? My kids are delightful, joyful, and so pure in their love of God and love of family. They’re fun to play with and be around. My children renew my spirit in so many ways—when I let them. When I don’t get too caught up in life’s business and hurry us all out the door to the next thing.
How do the children in your life—kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, and other little ones—renew you? Do you embrace it, or do you tend to put them off? I know that not every person is a “kid person,” but Jesus himself said that children show us how we are to approach Heaven. How can you learn from the children in your life today?
Today I’m going to try to embrace my kids’ silliness, their joy, their laughter, and let it renew me. I’m going to set aside just 30 minutes and do exactly what they want to do, today and each day this week.
And I’m going to be renewed.
Want to join me?
Lift it up
Lord, thank You so much for the precious gift of my children. They give me so much joy, so much renewed energy for my days. Sometimes I take that for granted. Lord, please keep me from getting too busy. Please help me to focus on them when they’re speaking and be fully present when I play with them. Lord, I love them and I love You. Amen.
Tell Me About It
How do the children in your life renew you?
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