Prayer: Show us how to love like you do, O God, through your Word. In Jesus’ name. amen.
Mary Magdalene, Apostle
16 But Ruth said …”Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”
As our devotion writer declares; “It is interesting to think about Mary Magdalene while reading the book of Ruth…Mary Magdalene was the first preacher to announce, ‘Christ is risen!’ She was prophetic and so was Ruth.”
I would not have thought about Mary Magdalene while reading Ruth. Both were notable women with important roles in the fulfilling of God’s Covenant. Both shared insight and were special people in the eyes of the Lord. They both proclaimed God’s truths in their lives.
We are asked; “In our own lives, how do we proclaim God’s truth.”
Prayer: “Dear God, help me listen to those who are like Mary and Ruth today, so that my faith might be stronger and deeper, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Naomi and Her Moabite Daughters-in-Law
6 Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had considered his people and given them food. 7 So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law, and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah. 8 But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back each of you to your mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 The Lord grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.” Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud. 10 They said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” 11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. Even if I thought there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons, 13 would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of the Lord has turned against me.” 14 Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.