Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 10, 2016

Strong Ties That Last

may 10“But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.”  Ruth 1:16-17 (NIV)

Friendship is a beautiful thing. Whether we meet at random or through the ties of marriage, a true friendship can outlast life itself.

The Bible tells us of the story of two women who were connected when the son of one married the other; they were Naomi and Ruth. If you’re not familiar with their story, I’ll summarize it here. Naomi was a woman from Bethlehem in Judah. Along with her husband and their two sons, she went to live in Moab for a season, because there was a famine in their land. While they were in Moab, Naomi’s husband Elimelech died and her two sons married two Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. Then, the unexpected happened: the two men died, leaving all of the women widowed.

When word came that the famine in Bethlehem in Judah had ceased, Naomi prepared to return home and her daughters-in-law were going to return with her because they were family.  Naomi, however, told the women to go back to their mother’s home because she had nothing else to offer them other than herself. So, Orpah did return to her home, but Ruth clung to Naomi and was not about to leave her on her own. Ruth loved Naomi and she vowed to be with her until her last days; and so the two journeyed to Bethlehem.

The friendship that Naomi and Ruth had was so strong and so committed, that they endured everything together. One day, God opened the floodgates of heaven and blessed them. Ruth remarried into Naomi’s family and bore a son, keeping Naomi’s family name alive; and that son became the father of Jesse, who later became the father of David.

True friends are blessings from heaven, especially in times of turmoil, and blessed are those who have them.

“Lord, thank You for blessing us with friends.”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Women’s Life

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