The Gratitude Initiative, Day 24

Scripture for the day:

Ruth 2: 1-13

1 Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, from the clan of Elimelech, a man of standing, whose name was Boaz.

2 And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.”
Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.”
3 So she went out and began to glean in the fields behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she found herself working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelech.

4 Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The LORD be with you!”
“The LORD bless you!” they called back.

5 Boaz asked the foreman of his harvesters, “Whose young woman is that?”

6 The foreman replied, “She is the Moabitess who came back from Moab with Naomi. 7 She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She went into the field and has worked steadily from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”

8 So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with my servant girls. 9 Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the girls. I have told the men not to touch you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”

10 At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She exclaimed, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”

11 Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. 12 May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”

13 “May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have given me comfort and have spoken kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servant girls.”

Ruth is my homegirl. And that’s all the commentary you’ll be getting on Ruth for today, since I have 15 minutes to finish this before the library closes, and our Internet at home isn’t working.

On an unrelated note, guess who just submitted her big ol’ research paper? THIS GIRL. Bowchickawo-ow.

5 things for which I am grateful today:

1) My church family. I’m still finding my feet in Columbia, but my church has played a huge role in helping me out. I really love them–plus, being able to find an intentionally multi-ethnic church in the South is pretty amazing. I moved to South Carolina with that goal, and found the church within the first two months. Awesome.

2) My friend Julia. I just wrote her a letter last night, and was pondering how much I love that girl. Partly because she’s awesome/hilarious/etc etc., and partly because she, more than any person in my life, consistently demonstrates the love and service of Christ to me. Our friendship isn’t always easy–actually, we’ve both had to be very intentional in working through our bumps. But Julia forgives and forgets more readily and willingly than anyone I know.

3) God’s immutability. I change a lot. Two days ago, I wanted to be a community organizer and was planning out the community center I wanted to build. Today, I want to specialize in counseling couples after an affair. Tomorrow I’ll want to join Samaritan’s Purse and do international aid. Can you imagine if I were God? (I can–in fact, I often am under the delusion that I am. It’s ugly). Anyway, I’m thankful that God’s character remains the same, no matter what I do or am.

4) My foot is no longer shooting pain up my leg. It’s nice to be able to walk without making “I’m-in-labor” style faces.

5) Online databases. It’s crazy that most of my research for this paper was just a database search and a click of a button away.

My apologies for the lack of editing–I gots ta run. But I’d love to hear what “gratitudes” are floating your boat today!

One thought on “The Gratitude Initiative, Day 24

  1. Mmmm, those are some great ones, Lauren! I always look forward to reading your 5. What a blessing. 🙂

    1) My church. Specifically, Pastor John. I don’t think I’ve ever been under teaching that is so exhortational, honest and direct yet completely delivered in genuine, active love. Simply his delivery each week is a challenge to me… but his sermons are also so full.

    2) My darling niece Selah (whom I met for the FIRST time today!) and nephew Sam! They are beautiful, sweet children and I’m so proud to be their aunt.

    3) My black high heels. Every once in a while, it’s nice to go posh.

    4) Fernando Ortega. I have enjoyed stretching back in my chair, closing my eyes and worshiping with his music the past couple nights. What a glorious gift he has and what a blessing he is to so many.

    5) The Lord humbling me today. It’s never fun. It’s usually embarrassing. Today was no exception. Lesson learned. I hope.

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