Day 97

Today’s Reading – The book of Ruth

The Gleaners (1857) by Jean-Francois Millet

One day Ruth, the Moabite foreigner, said to Naomi, “I’m going to work; I’m going out to glean among the sheaves, following after some harvester who will treat me kindly.” Naomi said, “Go ahead, dear daughter.” And so she set out. She went and started gleaning in a field, following in the wake of the harvesters. Eventually she ended up in the part of the field owned by Boaz  

Ruth 2:2-3 The Message

Ruth offered to gather grain that the men had left.
It was usual practice to allow widows and foreigners to do this (see Leviticus 19:9-10).
This was called gleaning.
God made this rule for His people. It was a way for them to share with poor people.

Ruth seems to have chosen Boaz’s field by chance.

However, God seems to find away for good things to happen to those people who trust Him.

“If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all” the saying goes, but this is certainly not the case for Ruth.

It is also not the case for us as followers of Christ.

God has a plan for you.

Sometimes we need the patience to discover the plan.

Sometimes we need to do a little “gleaning” to discover God’s plan.

Tomorrow’s Reading – I Samuel 1-3


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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