Six Sentence Sunday

I’ve been ill this past week, and so haven’t gotten much writing done, but I am glad to be back for the second to last Six Second Sunday. In today’s post, borrowing from my work-in-progress, Ruth and Boaz, Boaz has just bought the rights to Naomi’s field and with it, the right to marry to Ruth; and  prepares to bring the news to Ruth. Let me know what you think of today’s excerpt; I appreciate your comments and thank you for stopping by my blog.

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Boaz anxiously waits for his servant to finish packing the wagon. He should have left earlier, but it seemed wrong to visit his bride-to-be empty-handed.

Of course, Ruth would just tell him it was unnecessary, considering she was about to join Boaz in his home; still he wanted to do this. He wanted to provide for her and make her happy; to live out the remainder of his life fulfilling her needs. That would be enough for him. That would make him feel complete.

Six Sentence Sunday

Time again for Six Sentence Sunday. My post this week comes from my work-in-progress, Ruth and Boaz, a retelling of the Biblical tale. Regarded as perhaps the greatest show of platonic love, Ruth leaves her home to follow her mother-in-law Naomi back to Israel, where she finds love with Boaz. In today’s selection, Ruth has approached Boaz with a proposal: purchase Naomi’s land and marry her. Boaz is more than happy to oblige, but there is a snag: one other family member has first rights to the land and to Ruth, something Naomi knew about before she sent Ruth to Boaz.. Let me know what you think; I appreciate your comments and thank you for stopping by my blog.

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“What if this other kinsman redeems me?” Ruth asks.

Without looking up, Naomi shakes her head and responds, “He won’t.”

“How can you be so sure?”

Hearing the concern in her voice, Naomi stops fiddling with the headpiece and walks over to her daughter-in-law.

“Because by going to Boaz you were appealing to the heart, not the law. The law is there to provide for someone like you and me, but it’s the heart, Boaz’s heart, that will take care of you from this point forward – you’ll see.”

Six Sentence Sunday

Greetings. I hope everyone had a good holiday. It’s time again for another edition of Six Sentence Sunday. My post this week comes from my work-in-progress, Ruth and Boaz, a retelling of the Biblical tale. Regarded as perhaps the greatest show of platonic love, Ruth leaves her home to follow her mother-in-law Naomi back to Israel, where she finds love with Boaz. In today’s selection, Ruth’s reputation precedes her. Let me know what you think of today’s excerpt; I appreciate your comments and thank you for stopping by my blog.

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Boaz finds himself daydreaming at the mention of her name. He knew he was acting like young boy enchanted by an older nursemaid, but he couldn’t help it: there was just something about Ruth that was different.

Or so he heard. He had not met her yet, but with a town as small as Bethlehem, it was just a matter of time.

Eleazar clears his throat, calling Boaz’s attention back to him. The older man shrugs off his thoughts, willing himself to put Ruth out of his mind…for now. 

Six Sentence Sunday

It’s time again for another edition of Six Sentence Sunday. My post this week comes from my work-in-progress, Ruth and Boaz, a retelling of the Biblical tale. Regarded as perhaps the greatest show of platonic love, Ruth leaves her home to follow her mother-in-law Naomi back to Israel, where she finds love with Boaz. In today’s selection, Ruth has made her declaration and left Moab behind her, except now she’s facing an unsure future with rules she’s not exactly sure of. Let me know what you think of today’s excerpt; I appreciate your comments and thank you for stopping by my blog.

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 There are few words between Ruth and Naomi as they travel to the Judean border. Even when she expressed her intent on following Naomi, the woman said little.

She just needs some time space, some time to mourn, Ruth tells herself, no different than you.

But with each step she takes towards her new life, it’s not the mourning she finds herself thinking about: how was she to show she was a true convert to G-d? She wasn’t worried about what others would think –she wanted only to please G-d by following his rules. Naomi had once told her that men were circumcised to show their devotion to G-d; so what did women do?

Six Sentence Sunday

In honor of its pending release, this week’s sentences come from my latest book, Full of Grace. Available on December 17, the novella covers the pregnancy of Mary. In today’s excerpt, Mary and Joseph are traveling to Bethlehem when Mary realizes she’s in labor. As always, I appreciate your comments and thank you for stopping by my blog.

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Full of GraceShe had been experiencing similar pressure for the past few days, but this was by far the worst, almost like the pain her doda [aunt] felt when her time of fulfillment came and John was born.

Her breath catches in her throat as the realization hits her – the child was coming…now!

No, no, no, she thinks, her hands on the underside of her belly, as if holding him in.

“Mary, what’s wrong?”

The concern in his voice is unmistakable, as is the apprehension in his eyes. Mary doesn’t have to tell him she’s in labor – he sees it; and with a nervous push towards the donkey, he says, “Let’s find a room for you.”

Six Sentence Sunday

It’s time again for another edition of Six Sentence Sunday. My post this week comes from my work-in-progress, Ruth and Boaz, a retelling of the Biblical tale. Regarded as perhaps the greatest show of platonic love, Ruth leaves her home to follow her mother-in-law Naomi back to Israel, where she finds love with Boaz. In today’s selection, Naomi makes an important announcement. Let me know what you think of today’s excerpt. As always, I appreciate your comments and thank you for stopping by my blog.

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I’m returning to Israel.”

There is no emotion in Naomi’s voice as she makes her announcement.

Ruth doesn’t question her decision; indeed, there was no life left for her here in Moab. Moving was the only logical choice, but if she left, it would mean separation for Ruth again from everyone she had grown to love. Mahlon and Chilion were gone, but she felt them near her, especially Mahlon, when she was around Naomi. She couldn’t let her go and before she can think about what she’s doing, Ruth says, “I will go with you.”