It may be the most beautiful story in all literature. But it begins with tragedy: a woman loses her husband and later both of her childless sons.
“Don’t call me Naomi [ ‘pleasant’ ]”, she says when she later returns to her home village. “Instead, call me Mara [ ‘bitter’ ], for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty.”
Ruth 1:20-21 NLT
Her remark made me uncomfortable and want to burst out: “You shouldn’t say that!” But I realized my outburst would be blocking compassion and make the other person, like Naomi, reticent to reveal inner feelings.
But God knows we are made of flesh, not steel. In the Biblical story, God doesn’t “blast” Naomi. He allows her to express her deepest feelings.
Coffee/tea thought: How does God’s lack of rebuke for Naomi encourage us to express _our_ feelings to him, as well as listen without criticism when others reveal their feelings to us?
Ref: You may wish to review the story in the Bible book of Ruth, chapter 1.
February 11th, 2019
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