See that tiny inscription on the inside of my hubby’s wedding ring? It is the anchor verse in Ann Voskamp’s Advent writing today.
Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. ~Ruth 1:16
Bitterness….it will eat right through a person. It can blind us to the people who love us most and best. Naomi, is Ruth’s bitter, cynical mom-in-law. They find themselves widowed, alone, and traveling back to Naomi’s homeland to a “who- knows- what” kind of a future. Ruth refuses to return to her own mother’s home and binds herself to Naomi for the rest of her life. What a covenant of love…
We all need a Ruth in our life. Someone who can love us when we are prickly and cynical and bitter. Someone who will travel with us when we are going “who-knows-where”. Someone who faithfully speaks truth and life to our weary, battered heart.
I am so grateful for those of you who have been reading along on this journey of mine. You are my Ruths….I love you for walking with me.
Today I leave you with a question….one of Ann’s reflection questions:
Like Naomi, do you sometimes miss the love all around you?
Name some of the people who have been faithful Ruths for you.
Let them know…