Each day consists of a short Scripture reading & devotion to discuss, a downloadble ornament for the kids to color and hang - either on your tree or on a garland somewhere - and a few songs to choose from. Many of the songs can be found in hymnals, if you play a musical instrument, but they can also be found on YouTube or Godvine - and it's fun to sing along! Finally, a prayer closes out this 5 minute time. This is a great start towards helping your children grasp the basic outline of the Greatest Book of all.
Ornament: A Sheaf of Wheat – (To remind us of Ruth & Boaz)
Scripture Reading: Ruth 1:16; 2:5-17; 4:14
Songs: Jesus Loves the Little Children, or Go Tell it on the Mountain
But Naomi had lost everything. Her husband and both her sons had died. One of her sons’ wives, Ruth, refused to leave her. Naomi had been living in Ruth’s country, far from her family. So when Naomi decided to go back to Bethlehem, Ruth went with her. She could have stayed in her own country with her father and family, but she chose to go to Bethlehem with Naomi. Ruth loved Naomi and did not want her to be alone.
Ruth began to love God. She took care of her mother-in-law Naomi, and she worked in the wheat fields to get enough for them to eat. After the pickers harvested, Ruth would pick up the wheat that had been dropped or left behind. She worked hard every day. Out in the wheat fields, a man named Boaz saw Ruth. He admired her for coming to Israel to take care of Naomi.
It turned out that because of the law in that day, Boaz was Ruth's "kinsman redeemer." That meant that he extended his protection and care over her. Boaz and Ruth were married and they had a child named Obed. Naomi & Ruth had family again – they were both so happy! One day, one of Obed’s descendants would be an even more wonderful child. Can you guess what his name will be? (Jesus)
- Why did Ruth leave her home and family to go with Naomi?
- How did God provide for Ruth and Naomi? (Wheat, Boaz, Obed)
Prayer: Dear Father God, Thank You for the example of Ruth. She had absolutely nothing of value in this world except love. She gave love and care to Naomi, and by her kindness she honored You, God. Please help us to be loving, kind, and caring to our family and friends, too. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Looking Forward to Christmas,