My mother’s name was Ruth.
Ruth means friend in Hebrew.
There couldn’t have been a more fitting name for her. You couldn’t find a greater friend. ♡
I was her only child. I was her life.
Our story kind of reminds me of the bible story of Ruth. Ruth was devoted to her mother-in-law, Naomi. Just as my mother was devoted to me.
There is a little girl at JWE that started school several months after the rest of our students this school year. I’ve watched as she entered school each morning through the door I hold open for our students. I never heard her speak. I never saw her interact with any of the other students. Every day she would stop 3/4ths of the way on the sidewalk into the building and just stand there. Every day I would go get her by the hand and walk her into the building and to her classroom. I found out later that she does speak. And quite a bit I might add! 🙂
But she still has become my special friend. You see, I’ve found out her name is Ruth.♡
I still walk her in on occasion. But not near as often. She is no longer alone. She now interacts with her friends. But on rare occasions she will stop at the door, grab my hand, and offer a big smile that melts my heart. ♡ And for the next 3 or 4 minutes I get to walk hand in hand with my Ruth.
It offers me a moment in my day to feel my mother’s presence once again. I can just hear her saying, “Be brave, have courage, and love life.” Just like she did.
Unlike my little JWE friend Ruth, my mother Ruth is always with me. In my heart. ♡ And just like Ruth to Naomi, Jesus will always be with us. He will always be there to grasp our hand and walk us through any circumstance we may face, good or bad. We never have to walk 3/4ths of the way alone. We are never alone. For where we go, He will go.
Let’s all give our hands and our hearts to Jesus. Let’s let Him lead us on the paths we are to follow. And while we’re at it, let’s all have the devotion of Ruth.
16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back 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.17 Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.” 18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she [e]said no more to her.
Love and laughter,