Monday, July 30
Narrative Lectionary Daily Devotions written by Kace Leetch from Clergy Stuff.
Naomi and Ruth returned to Bethlehem just in time for the harvest. It meant these widows would have ample opportunity to glean barley after the harvesters. Fortunately for Ruth, the field she chose for gleaning happened to be owned by a distant relative of Naomi. Although they didn't know it yet, this relationship would turn out to be beneficial for them all.
Narrative Lectionary Text: Ruth 2:1-3
Now Naomi had a kinsman on her husband’s side, a prominent rich man, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain, behind someone in whose sight I may find favor.” She said to her, “Go, my daughter.” So she went. She came and gleaned in the field behind the reapers. As it happened, she came to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.