DEVOTION: Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, "We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah."
This is quite a blessing. I don't think we do that enough anymore. We don't bless people. Oh, we say things like, "I will pray for you". or "God bless you.", but we don't bless people. Instead, too often, we curse. We criticize. We bring others down in order that we might, in some way, lift ourselves up.
I like that this blessing was part of a witness. The elders witnessed Boaz doing something very good, very special, something that was directly from the hand of God. Boaz was doing the right thing. He was taking care of Ruth and her whole family. he was doing the upstanding gentlemanly thing. That deserves a blessing!
So often we talk about the way the world is going as though we weren't part of it. We talk about it as though we had no part in it. We need to have a bigger part, and that includes living like Ruth and Boaz, doing the right thing! We also need to honor and lift up those who are doing the right thing, especially our young people. If we want to turn this nation and our own community around we need to be good examples and honor others that are good examples.
Let's be about blessing people today, especially on this Ash Wednesday. Let's turn from our sins and turn to God so that He can lift us up!
Prayer: Lord God, forgive our sins, give us peace, and help us to bless others who are doing Your will and living in Your grace. Amen.
TUESDAY'S QUIZ: Who were the two sons of Naomi? Mahlon and Kilion