Marji Laine

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Ruby’s in New York – Thoughts on Chapter 5


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Ruby takes a bite out of the Big Apple!

Ruby’s in Chapter five and this section takes off like the city of New York itself. The author of this chapter, Jerusha Agen, says, “When Ruby goes to New York City, the last thing she feels toward the callous and strange New Yorkers is love.

Fear gives way to simple dislike the longer she stays. But then God uses an aged cowboy artist to remind her of Luke 2:10: ‘And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.’”

A powerful message, and one that Christians have been entrusted to share. The scripture says that the joy is for ALL people. And John 3:16 echoes that with the words “For God so loved the WORLD.”

That goes for the car that cuts me off on the freeway and the woman who inserts herself into my shopping line at the mall and then acts like nothing happened. I want to tell them both off. But I need to tell them about God’s great love for them.

Your Turn: Who are the unlikable people in your life? How can you show God’s love to them so that they can see you are different from the rest of the unbelieving world? How can you be bolder about sharing the Gospel and shining God’s light on a regular basis?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

4 thoughts on “Ruby’s in New York – Thoughts on Chapter 5

  1. I’ve recently become aware of how much looking people in the eyes when I’m out and about, rushing around, seems to mean to them (and no, I don’t get out often so it does me good, too!) Even this weekend during the Christmas parade, a couple of kids seemed pleased that I looked them in the eyes as they went by on floats and told THEM Merry Christmas. They seemed surprised at first, and then smiled and looked back at me after they passed by.


    • I developed a habit of looking at folks when they passed and greeting them when I was in college. I regret that I don’t do it nearly as much nowadays as back then, but I’ll still strike up a conversation in a grocery store. You’re right. It surprises folks most of the time.


  2. Unfortunately, I get so caught up in my routines that anyone I don’t know becomes background filler. I guess I place too high a premium on those routines.


    • I’m the same way, though. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started trying to be aware of the people around me and making a point to engage them, even if only a little.