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Ruth: Waiting for Inheritance

sowing and reaping

Susanna allowed the pioneer family to glean fallen apples as they looked for a permanent home in Orchard Valley. When the children discovered blueberries nearby, Susanna shared her own wagon train story as she helped bake a blue apple pie.

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,”
Ephesians 1:17-19 KJV

To Be: Meek

beatitude: meek

As the long road to recovery stretched before them after the war, Jeb surprised Judy and Cream by suggesting they hold a peach potluck in their orchard to share their future with the local neighbors.

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”
Matthew 5:5 KJV



“Because of Bully Fred’s actions, Fred’s parents loaned him out as a harvest worker in Jeb’s orchard. He cleared away damaged limbs, planted trees to replace those lost in the war, and picked baskets of the ripe fruit. He wasn’t allowed to eat from the harvest table, and his only payment was one bag of peaches per work day.”

“Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.”
Psalm 130:7 KJV

Rest Stop

peach orchard

Peach Orchard, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: “Brother Jeb met me at the Gettysburg station in a downpour. As we traveled down Emmitsburg Road, Jeb gave me an overview of the battle. The battle heated up on the second day in Jeb’s orchard, and his barn burned. Artillery and musket fire damaged many trees, but some still produced that luscious blend of lemon and orange tang—refreshing even in a cold rain.”

“So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days.

And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon.

And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with fire.”
Nehemiah 2:11-13 KJV


friendship pruning

As Susanna showed her honest efforts, June chose to join her in the pruning work, and both chose to allow God to guide their relationship.

“Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.”
Hebrews 13:18, 19 KJV

Favor in His Sight

harvest help

The Belmont Brothers generously allowed Susanna and June to stay in the cabin above the Blue Apple Bakery, which remained closed. June found work harvesting apples, which the Brothers shipped worldwide.

“Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens.”
Ruth 2:13 KJV

Sowing Seeds: A Neighborhood Story

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