Week One – 8th March – Tim Rourke

Reading and Thoughts

Bible Passage – Ruth 1:15-19 (Bible Gateway)

15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.” 16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.

19 So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem.

Initial Reflection

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about Ruth and her commitment to Naomi. This relationship ebbs and flows over the story. Ruth supports Naomi and Naomi encourages Ruth, they grow together and show real interdependence.

I reflect on the disabled people I am committed to supporting and encouraging whom I may never have met in the same room, and thank God for being a part of a Disabled Christian Community We are different and diverse in the way we manage our daily lives, but we have the shared experiences of living in a world that is not designed for us and meeting God in that world.

This lent, Struggling Saints wants to provide a space to stop each Tuesday – and be together. To reflect on God’s word and our experience of living as disabled people, or with disabled people. To know that we are with one another and for one another!!!


As Disabled People or people who journey with Disabled People, how can we hear the different experiences well?

What does being committed to one another interdependently look like in the Disabled Christian Community?

Who listens well to you and builds you up before God.

Summary of Discussion

At end of the week some of the tweeted thoughts and ideas from the community will be added

Song & Final Prayer

Final Thought

We at struggling saints want to commit to the support of disabled people in their Christian Communities, especially through Twitter and online.

When church is a hard place to be, we want to provide a space for you to come, rest, reflect and then go again with Christ at your side.

Musical Reflection

Just As I Am – By Travis Cottrell (c) 2009 CCTB Music

Final Prayer

Insert Final Prayer

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