The band Maroon 5 has a song title “Payphone” that includes the line: “One more stupid love song, I’ll be sick” (at least the clean version of the song uses those lyrics). It tells the story of someone who has come to the end of a relationship and is working through those emotions. To be completely honest, I think part of the reason that song is popular is because it resonates with people. The concept of the love story is soured for so many people. Divorce rates are 50% or higher, the number of people living common-law is increasing (it gives people an out I think), sexual activity is happening at younger and younger ages (it would help if the school system would stop teaching 9 year-olds about sex). A lot of people are jaded about the whole idea of love and what it means to be in a loving relationship.
Don’t get me wrong, love is messy even in the best of relationships.
Ruth is a good love story. Sure, there are scriptural themes and motifs that I could draw out of it, and I will be doing some of that on Sunday during my sermon, but for this post, I just want to encourage you to experience Ruth as a love story, plain and simple. A woman goes through tragedy, show loyalty to her mother-in-law when it would have been “better” for her to return to her own family. She overcomes adversity and falls in love. Simple. Love needs to be redeemed, and this little story goes a long way in doing that.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Samuel 1-3