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Monday, January 16, 2012

Today's Verse : Ruth 1:16


January 16, 2012

Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from
you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your
people will be my people and your God my God."
-- Ruth 1:16
This beautiful statement of loyalty makes its way into thousands
of weddings each year. Incredibly, this wasn't originally a pledge
of a bride or groom. Instead, it was the pledge of Ruth to her
mother-in-law -- some would call her an ex-mother-in-law since
Ruth's husband, Naomi's son, had died, but Ruth never treats Naomi
as an "ex" of any kind. God loves loyalty and bestows his blessing
and favor when we are loyal to others. In an era where people are
thrown away as readily as paper plates and napkins, let's remember
that loyalty is a quality that God not only loves, but it is also a
quality that he defines for us in Jesus. So let's see loyalty to
friends, to family, and to other followers of Jesus as a crucial
Almighty and faithful God, thank you for your loyalty to your
covenant promises to Israel. Thank you for not giving up on your
people or your promises despite the fickleness and unfaithfulness
of your people. Bless us today as we seek to be a loyal and
honorable people, your true children in a turbulent and treacherous
world. May the light of faithfulness that is seen through us beckon
others to find stability and hope in your grace and in your people.
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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