Today is the twelfth day of Advent. Each day I will post a short blog aimed at kids that will help tell God’s story from the beginning to the birth of Jesus. And each day Meghan, my wife, will make a Christmas Tree ornament that helps us to remember the day’s Advent lesson. If you want to make them along with us all you will need is some felt, some glue, and some ribbon.I hope you will join us each day this Advent.You can catch up on any post you may have missed by clicking here.
I love cartoons. Old cartoons from when I was a kid, and new cartoons my kids watch, I love them all. One of the things I am really happy to do now as a dad is to introduce my kids to the Disney classic movies like; Lion King, Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella to name a few. As I have watched these movies again as an adult there is one thing I think about a lot. These movies are really tough on step-moms.
I have never been a step-parent, but I can’t imagine it is an easy job. With so many movies making the stepparent out to be the villain we are not really making it any easier. It seems like even today we have a hard time seeing that ‘families’ don’t have to be related to still be a family.
Naomi and Ruth are a family like that. Naomi wasn’t Ruth’s step mother, she was her mother-in-law. Ruth had been married to one of Naomi’s sons, but he died. After her son died Naomi told Ruth to go back to her home to live with her family so she could remarry and have a family. But Ruth wouldn’t listen. She loved her mother-in-law too much to leave her.
I like that. These two women were a family, even though they weren’t really related. The choose to stick together even if they weren’t sure what would happen. Love is like that. It helps you stick together even when it seems to make more sense to go apart. God blessed Ruth for sticking with Naomi by giving her a new husband, Boaz, and a son Obed. It is also neat to think that Ruth, Boaz and Obed are part of Jesus’ family tree.
Today on the twelfth day of Advent we remember that love means we stick together even when it isn’t easy.