Andrea John, Aglow Germany President and her Germany National Board planned their June 2018 National Conference around the theme of bridging between the Generations. Anna Gibbons, Aglow’s Generations Director, shared a message about how to build a bridge into the lives of young people and Andrea John and her daughter-in-law, Sarah, shared a message on Naomi and Ruth. Below are the notes of the second message. Be blessed as you read and ponder how God can use you to bridge the gap between the generations.
Naomi and Ruth
Message by Andrea John and daughter in law Sarah John at Germany National Conference June 2018
There can be blessing between family and in-laws.
Naomi (meaning pleasant/sweet) went through tragedy and wanted to change her name to Mara meaning bitter/sad one. "Don't call me Naomi," she told them. "Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.” Ruth 1:20 She wrestled with her faith.
In Ruth and Naomi you can see the importance of the freedom to decide. Releasing and blessings. When there is love there is no clinging to each other, love releases.
The miracle is in the stretch. (not staying comfortable) As you can see in Ruth as she stepped out to follow Naomi, her mom-in-law to a place and people and religion not her own. In Ruth stretching she experienced a miracle. Let go of History that might hold you back. Don’t let your past hold you back. Letting go is important. When you stretch God has a miracle for you.
Loyalty opens up new ways for Ruth, In Ruth 1:16-17, strong words from a daughter in law to a mother in law.
But Ruth replied, Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.
No higher words, I am with you until you die. Naomi is harvesting what she has been sowing. Naomi was loyal to her husband, packed up and moved to another country. She followed didn’t fight. Bridge of loyalty to all generations through Naomi. No one calls her Mara, even though she wanted to be called that. She starts looking to the future again. Loyalty goes both ways. Naomi holds the door open for Ruth, knows the people and the land. They were on a sinking ship, Naomi had wisdom and Ruth had courage. The inheritance can only take place when we are together. The boy of Ruth and Boaz is still called Naomi’s grandson. Ruth great-grandmother to David, both in family tree.
Ruth 4:14-15 The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.
More important than 7 sons wow! In those days sons were the most important.
Show us how healthy generations live together. Held closed to God, God first.
- Time: relationship over time, lots of years together
- Faith: Ruth didn’t know God of Israel became part of Jewish faith, Naomi taught her. Who can you pray for, listen to and bring forward?
- Vision: same one. Story of surviving
Let go and give freedom, challenging
Do things together, I’m standing behind you. Okay to make mistakes.
(Part 1 | Part 2)