God, tell me a story about…a woman
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
or click here for a summarized version of the story, easy to read to little ones.
If you prefer to watch a video rather than read, this video has kids retelling the story of Ruth.
1 – Where is Ruth from?
2 – Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law, suggests that Ruth go back to her family. What does Ruth decide to do instead? Why do you think she made that choice?
3 – Ruth and Naomi do not have any money or food, so Ruth decides she should glean in the fields. What does “gleaning” mean? Do you think this was easy work?
4 – Who takes notice of Ruth as she is working in the field? What traits of Ruth does he notice? (Ruth 2:11-12) What do people notice when they look at you? (besides your appearance) Are you kind, compassionate, a hard worker? What are things you can do to show kindness and compassion?
5- How does Ruth’s story end? Why do you think God chose Ruth? Shouldn’t God have chosen a beautiful, powerful, wealthy rock star?
The story of Ruth is a great story. It is the story of a kind and compassionate, hard working outsider, whom God uses and rewards in a big way. The story of Ruth reminds us that God’s promises are for everyone and that although His plans for us are not always clear or easy, they are always good.
This week’s challenge
Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
We, as believers, are called to show compassion. Just as Ruth did, just as Christ did. Think for a minute, surely there is someone in your home, in your family, in your school, or in your community that could use some compassion? Go ahead, reach out, care, share. Maybe it’s a hug, maybe it’s a sandwich or maybe a note of encouragement, whatever it is, let them know you care.
Now if your child is insisting you watch the version where Ruth’s first husband dies at the hands of an iguana, check out the video below.