When Ruth’s story begins, I’m struck by how much is missing. Famine left Ruth’s family without food and without a home. Death leaves her, Orpah, and Naomi without husbands and without provision. Mostly, their story is characterized by everything they lack.
Burdened by grief and worry, Naomi can’t see past that scarcity. She tells her daughters-in-law, “I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty” (Ruth 1:21). I don’t fault her for feeling this way.
The Christmas season is often marked by abundance: commercial-free Christmas music, piles of snickerdoodles heaped onto reindeer-shaped platters, Santa’s red sack overflowing with goodies. Lights and tinsel and visions of sugar plums! It’s a lot.
But no doubt, some of us find ourselves more like Naomi: lacking. Perhaps we lack the money to buy gifts for everyone on our lists, or perhaps we lack family to spend the holiday with. We lack the job we want, the kids we hoped and prayed for, the car that runs smoothly, or the clean bill of health.
Is there more that you are wishing for?
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