The reading for today is the book of Ruth which I won't replicate for you in its entirety in this blog post, but you may read it for free right here.
This book is special to me in a lot of ways. I feel very blessed to have a relationship with my mother-in-law, a woman whom I respect for her faith completely. Reading this book always brings her to mind.
Mr. Skooks and I grew up in different cultures. He lived the first fifteen years of his life in the Dominican Republic while I grew up on the south side of Chicago. Not altogether the same. When we met and got married, (among others) we chose a passage from the book of Ruth to read in our wedding . . . he read it in Spanish and I read it in English. We felt then (and still do) that our lives were in God's hands and that wherever He might send us out in the future, we would always go together in unity.
For those of you unfamiliar, I'll share that passage with you here (it comes from Ruth 1:16b-17):
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 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.
**The scripture references I used for today's Jesse Tree reading came via Why Christmas and can be found RIGHT HERE.**