Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 19, 2006
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 19, 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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Love and bitterness
"She said to them, 'Do not call me Na'omi, call me
Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with
me. I went away full, and the LORD has brought me
back empty. Why call me Na'omi, when the LORD has
afflicted me and the Almighty has brought calamity
Naomi teaches us the blessing of being brutally honest
with her feelings and perceptions of what God as done
in her life, valuable lessons for today. And people
listened to her story of grief with respect. They
blessed her with holy listening. They heard her with
Listen to me, said Naomi. My life is no longer
pleasant, but bitter. I left this country with my
husband with wonderful dreams and hopes. And now
look at me. My life is empty and barren. God has
dealt harshly with me and brought calamity after
Poor Ruth. Her friendship and commitment to Naomi
is being sorely tested. Her mother-in-law is so
steeped in her own grief that she cannot see beyond
her pain. Ruth has sacrificed her own happiness and
physical security to remain with Naomi in her
vulnerability. Now all Ruth has to show for her
steadfast love is a living situation with a bitter,
unhappy, and depressed relative.
Love and bitterness, bitterness and love. Have you
ever experienced these feelings? What does today's
story mean to you? Pour out your honest feelings to
God through prayer. May God bless you in your prayers.
God, bring us from bitterness into love, from
barrenness to fullness, from sorrow to joy, from
pain to rejoicing. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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