Week Eighteen: Family


  • Recite Psalms 130 & 131
  • Moment of silence

Presence through the word

  • Psalm reading (selected from below)
    • Morning:          Psalm 4
    • Noon:               Psalm 13
    • Vespers:          Psalm 56
    • Night:               Psalm 114
  • Moment of Silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday:          Ruth 1
    • Tuesday:         Ruth 2
    • Wednesday:    Ruth 3
    • Thursday:       Ruth 4
    • Friday:            Ruth 1-4 (entire book in one sitting)
  • Moment of Silence

Practicing the presence

Is there a “Mara” in your family: someone who has been made bitter by the difficulties in life? Is there an older person who has been left lonely through death, divorce, or abandonment? What can you do to be a “Ruth”–a responsive and loyal younger friend who will serve and care?

First, list the people in your family who fit the description of a “Mara” (bitter). They do not have to be older than you–but often there are older people in families who are lonely and left alone. If there are none you can think of, how about in your community, neighborhood?

Second, begin praying for this person by name every day this week. Pray that God help you recognize the open doors you have been given to serve.

Third, reach out to this person in an act of kindness. Bring them a small meal, better still ask them out for a meal or to your house. If the step seems too big, then ask them out for a cup of coffee. And be prepared to listen without judgment or interruption.

Finally, be prepared to hang in with this person for the long haul. You are not trying to change this person. Your job is merely to be a friend and to love this person.


  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling or silent reflection
  • “The Lord’s Prayer”

About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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