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What’s funny is I’m reminded of annoyances as I start to write this.
“We’ll come see you when he’s out of town…” (Please don’t do that…)
“The soccer game is cancelled.” (But I was going to have the house to myself...)
I’m reading about Ruth right now. A lot of you know passages from Ruth. They are usually read at weddings.
For where you go, I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. (1:16-17).
You know what? Ruth is talking to her mother-in-law. Who has lost her husband. And two sons.
Ruth is declaring loyalty and faithfulness when she could have turned and ran.
What struck me here is how this declaration happened in the middle of a mess. Ruth isn’t dancing through a bed of roses when she’s making this declaration. There are tears, there have to be. Orpah did take the blessing to leave, so a family member has taken off. She’s declaring her loyalty and faithfulness at some of the hardest times they have experienced together. (I won’t even get started on the judges and the famine….)
So what’s up? Where’s the connection?
When my family shows up unannounced (which always makes me nervous), I can declare loyalty and faithfulness.
When my “me time” is interrupted by a not empty house, I can declare my loyalty and faithfulness.
Maybe it needs to be to my spouse. Maybe to my parents. Maybe to my in-laws. Maybe it is simply to coworkers and friends.
I love the conviction that loyalty and faithfulness are resounding themes with Ruth. We can be loyal and faithful to each other in the mess of life.
Who do you look at today with loyalty and faithfulness?