Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 21, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our new book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok
Please read the verse from the book of Ruth and
Dr. Bochonok's meditation. We hope you will be
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Please read Ruth 3:10, "Boaz said, 'May you be blessed
by the LORD, my daughter; this last instance of your
loyalty is better than the first; you have not gone
after young men, whether poor or rich.'"
Security, risk taking, and blessing
Naomi is now able to think beyond her own anguish of
bereavement and begin to show concern for her beloved
daughter-in-law, Ruth. A practical and spiritual
woman, Naomi needs, like we do, more than just food.
She says to Ruth, "My daughter, I need to seek some
security for you, so that it may be well with you"
(Ruth 3:1). Naomi shares a plan with Ruth to get
some security and protection through a male benefactor.
It is calculated risk taking for both women. Ruth
agrees and does what her mother-in-law suggests.
She washes and dresses with care, then quietly goes
to the threshing floor after darkness to lay with Boaz
in bed. He awakens, startled to find a young woman in
bed with him. She asks his protection as next-of-kin
and he agrees to do so.
Boaz blesses Ruth's courage for approaching him for
security. "May you be blessed by the LORD . . . this
last instance of your loyalty is better than the first
. . . do not be afraid, I will do for you all that you
ask, for all the assembly of my people know that you
are a worthy woman" (Ruth 3:10-12).
We have just read the fifth blessing in Ruth's story
(2:4, 12, 19, 20, and 3:10). Ruth and Naomi, and now
Boaz and Ruth demonstrate committed responsible
relationships. A common thread of "chesed," that is,
of kindness, love, and loyalty, permeates this lovely
story (Ruth 1:8; 2:20; 3:10). Blessing requires an
active commitment to see the blessing fulfilled in
another's life. Talk is cheap without action. Ruth
and Boaz "walked the talk" of "chesed" commitment.
When was the last time we blessed someone for his or
her courage and commitment to another's welfare? What
does it really mean to bless another person? What does
it mean to love someone with "chesed?" How can we bless
someone with security if they are an outsider? What is
in this story for us?
God, what do I need to learn about security, risk
taking, and blessing from today's story? Empower my
understanding. Equip me with new insights and energize
my faith through blessing others. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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