Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 15, 2006
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 15, 2006
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Till death do us part
"But Ruth said, 'Entreat me not to leave you or to
return from following you; 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; where you
die I will die, and there will I be buried. May
the LORD do so to me and more also if even death
parts me from you.'"
The legacy of Ruth and Naomi lives on wherever
women struggle to survive in patriarchal societies
where men hold the power of life and death. Perhaps
their most significant legacy, however, is found in
their powerful commitment towards each other in the
face of bereavement, hunger, and poverty. These
courageous women chose to become a nontraditional
family based on loving choice, when the odds were
against their survival.
Today's Bible verses are famous and popularly used
for heterosexual marriage vows. But originally the
spoken words of commitment were between these two
remarkable women. Their ancient love story was
lived thousands of years ago, yet it offers us
timeless insights about love and devotion for any
millennium. God blessed their love and so did their
local community and neighbors. Devoted couples
from all sexual orientations can express their
love, fidelity, and devotion through these
cherished words of commitment.
Ruth and Naomi bless us with their family values.
Their loving words and actions are a standard I
would like for my own family. Two hearts beating
as one. Through sickness and in health, for better
or worse, in riches or poverty, till death do us
part. Hate was not their family value. Love was
their priority and guided everything they did.
Their love came from God and was repeatedly blessed
and publicly affirmed.
The Bible tells us "there is nothing new under the
sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9c). Over the centuries people
have loved deeply. Some people love through
"traditional" marriages and others in "nontraditional"
marriages. Love is a beautiful part of life. The
apostle Paul reminds us that "the best is love" (1
Could Ruth and Naomi be a lesbian couple? I doubt
it, although some would disagree. Yet the scriptures
offer a blessed sacred ambiguity inviting seekers of
all sexual orientations to find a place at the table
of God through Ruth's timeless words of loving
God, bless us all with the love and commitment,
loyalty and faithfulness of Ruth and Naomi. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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