Week 13   Day 1

 

Naomi thought she was empty

            because she had no husband

            and no sons

She overlooked the person closest to her, Ruth

            and blamed God because she had

            nothing left in life

 

Naomi was so focused on her losses

            she could not see

            the wonderful treasure

            she had in her daughter-in-law.

 

 

Ruth bound herself in love and faithfulness

            to Naomi

            to one empty

            desolate

            bitter

            blaming

            with nothing to give

Ruth reflects God's love so clearly

 

Like Abraham and Sarah,

            Ruth went on a journey

            to a strange land

            in faith

            not knowing.

 

 

 

                                          TWO WIDOWS

One was bitter and empty; the other was full of faith and love.

                                                  Ruth 1

 

    1 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the

land.  A certain man of Bethlehem in Judah, went to dwell in the

country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.  2The man

was Elimelech, his wife was Naomi, and his two sons were

Mahlon and Chilion.  3Then Elimelech died, and she was left;

her two sons 4took wives of the women of Moab:  the one was
Orpah, and the other Ruth.  They dwelt there about ten
years. 
5Then both Mahon and Chilion also died.

    7Therefore Naomi went out from the place where she was,

and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the

way to return to the land of Judah.  8Naomi said to her two

daughters-in-law, "Go, return each to her mother's house.  The

Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and

with me.  9The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in the

house of her husband."  So she kissed them, and they wept. 

10They said to her, "Surely we will return with you to your

people."  11But Naomi said, "Turn back, my daughters; why

will you go with me?   12Turn back, my daughters, go--for it

grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the

Lord has gone out against me!"

    14Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and

Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. 

15Naomi said, "Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to

her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law." 

    16But Ruth said:  "Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn

back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go;

and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be

my people, and your God, my God.  12Where you die, I will

die, and there will I be buried.  The Lord do so to me, and

more also, if anything but death parts you and me."  18She

was determined to go with her. 

    19When they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was
excited
because of them; the women said, "Is this Naomi?''  
20But
she said to them, "Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara,
for
the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.  21 I went
out full,
and the Lord has brought me home again empty. 
Why do you
call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified
against me, and the
Almighty has afflicted me?"  22So Naomi
returned, and Ruth
the Moabitess with her.  They came to
Bethlehem at the
beginning of barley harvest.
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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