Never Alone

In the book of Ruth again today and see Elimelech and Naomi.  They left the house of bread to sojourn in Moab, “my washpot”.  (Psalms 60:8)  In the process of time Elimelech died and also their two sons.  Naomi is left with her two daughters-in-law and decides to go back home.  Ruth proved her love for Naomi. “And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:  Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.”  (Ruth 1:16-17)  “So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?  And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.  I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?”  (Ruth 1:19-21)  How many of us have gone out full and come back empty? How many people have lost a spouse or children and have been left alone?  I would dare say that many mothers have experienced what is called the “empty nest” syndrone when their children leave home.  The little book of Ruth does have a happy ending.  Naomi went back to the house of bread and found that she was not alone.

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