February 11, 2024
Story Focus: In week 2, we head to Ruth 1 and 2, where we find Naomi and her daughter-in-law, Ruth. Both of their husbands had died, and Ruth had the opportunity to return home to her family. Instead, she chose to show kindness to Naomi and stay with her. Ruth’s kindness didn’t go unnoticed. Boaz saw how Ruth had treated Naomi and offered kindness to Ruth, changing her life in a huge way.
Bottom Line: Be kind to the people closest to you. When it comes to our family and friends, we can often find ourselves taking them for granted. We hope that through the story of Ruth, kids will learn to show kindness to the people who care about them the most.
Key Question: When is it hard to be kind? If kindness is something we know should be a part of our lives, why do we find it difficult to show kindness to others? Often we find it’s easier to show kindness to strangers than those who are closest to us. We hope that through this question and the discussion that will follow, preteens will start to understand how they can show kindness to the people they love.
Memory Verse: “You are God's chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Colossians 3:12, NIR
Kindness: Showing others, they are valuable by how you treat them.