Don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

“The women said to Naomi: ‘Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer’” (Ruth 4:14). Have you ever noticed that you really don’t appreciate something until it’s gone? We have this terrible tendency to take things for granted. We start off taking our parents for granted. “I must

Down to the threshing floor

“So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do” (Ruth 3:6). “His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Luke 3:17). The threshing floor was

Finding favor

“Why have I found such favor in your eyes” (Ruth 2:10 NIV)? Have you ever been someone’s favorite? Favorite son, employee, player, student… have you ever been the “apple” of someone’s eye? I recently read about an experiment with underperforming elementary age students that they divided into two groups. They took the first group of

Out of Moab

“In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab” (Ruth 1:1). I once passed through the land of Moab, but I didn’t try to live