Summary: Naomi was a powerful influence on the life of her daughter-in-law Ruth. This sermon examines their relationship. I also encourage positive family relationships.
Sources for this sermon include 1994 Minister's Manual and the Broadman Bible Commentary. Outline included at the end.
A GOOD WORD FOR THE MOTHER-IN-LAW
Mother’s Day 2010 RUTH 1:6-18
Baby asked God They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow,
but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?
God said Your angel will be waiting for you & will take care of you
Child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven
I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."
God- "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you.
And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."
Again small child asked, "How am I going to be able to understand
when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"
God-"Your angel will tell you the most beautiful & sweet words
you will ever hear, and with much patience and care,
your angel will teach you how to speak." "
And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"
God-"Your angel will place your hands together
& will teach you how to pray." "Who will protect me?"
God-"Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life."
"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."
God-"Your angel will always talk to you about me & will teach you
way to come back to me even though I will always be next to you"
At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard & child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave
now, please tell me my angel's name."
God said, "You will simply call her, Mom."
Mother taught me RELIGION: When I spilled grape juice on carpet she said "You better pray the stain will come out of the carpet."
Mother taught me LOGIC: From her decisive words, "Because I said so, that’s why."
Mother taught me FORESIGHT: "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident."
Mother taught me IRONY: "Keep laughing, and I’ll give you something to cry about."
Mother taught me about STAMINA: "You’ll sit there ’til all that spinach is finished."
Mother taught me about WEATHER: "It looks as if a tornado swept through your room."
Mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION: "Stop acting like your father!"
Counselors agree that there are 3 Adjustments in Early Marriage
FINANCES, adjusting to shared accounts, setting up a budget
SEXUAL RELATIONS learning to grow in this
God given expression of marital love
AND IN-LAWS in-law relationships person who bears lion’s
share of blame in this latter area is the mother-in-law
a comedian said the mother rocks the cradle,
mother-in-law rocks the boat
Tragic this relationship intended to be enriching treated with sarcasm
becoming an in-law is a reminder
probably more than anything that baby grown up old adage true
you really do marry into a family not just one person
Book of Ruth focuses on which Biblical character??
RUTH, oh I love such a brilliant bunch of biblical scholars
Ruth great-grandmother of David, remarkable woman,
came by it honestly because of mother-in-law called Naomi
Naomi=PLEASANT OR AGREEABLE she was a mother-in-law