I am going to end my study time by trying a suggestion that was made in the book I followed throughout my study. I followed the study book for Ruth in the "Coffee Cup Bible Studies". These are written by Sandra Glahn. She suggests at the end of the study that we try something that was part of her classwork while in college. That was to write out the book of Ruth in longhand. I think that I should be able to write out eighty-five verses (she also did this with the full thirty-nine chapters in the book of Deuteronomy... so surely I can handle eighty-five verses!). As I write, I'm going to follow her suggestion as I go:
"As you write, chew on the storyteller's words. Notice the sovereign hand of God at work. Think about what a high premium the Lord places on caring for the needy. Marvel, as you write out the genealogy, how God weaves a story through human lives. Don't rush to complete the assignment. Take your time and notice details. Ask questions."
I'll let you know how it goes. I'm really interested in seeing what the Lord shows me as I take the time to write and meditate on the words of the book of Ruth.
In the meantime, I'm also beginning to look at the next book I'll be studying... the book of Colossians. I'm going to use the study guide from the "Coffee Cup Bible Study" series for this one, too. These books are easy to read and follow, provide some great background information as well as, practical examples to bring home the message.
This study will be a big change of pace from the book of Ruth, but I know will be just as rewarding as I learn and grow thru the time spent in study. I'm anxious to start... I've always loved Paul's letters. I hope you'll join me as I begin posting on Colossians in the next week or two!