Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 15, 2012
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devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr.
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Till death do us part
"But Ruth said, 'Do not press me to leave you or
to turn back from following you! Where you go, I
will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your
people shall be my people, and your God my
God. Where you die, I will die, there will I be
buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and
more as well, 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
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 Corinthians 13:13).
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 commitment.
God, bless us all with the love and commitment,
loyalty and faithfulness of Ruth and Naomi. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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