So she said, ‘See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.’ 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!’
When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.
So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them; and the women said, ‘Is this Naomi?’
Reflection. 'Whither thou goest' is an older translation of one part of this passage. I am married to a Ruth. My Ruth (as if she is owned by me:-;) has followed me around as the Methodist Church has sent me to serve in various parts of the country. She has embodied her Biblical namesake. How grateful do you think I am for her love and support?
So, having embarrassed Ruth publicly, I invite you to give thanks to God for those who offer you similar sacrificial love.
Thanksgiving. Lord Jesus, we give you thanks for those who give of themselves. Thank you that they model themselves on you. We are blessed. Amen.