The story of Naomi’s bitterness in the book of Ruth is the subject of the ODB devotional HERE. Aren’t there some times in life when you just need to name an issue to begin addressing it?
The fact that Naomi has people call her “Mara” – bitter – perhaps helps them in relationship practices. When a person shares with others how they are feeling, it allows for discussion directly, and in Naomi’s case can lead to efforts of digging up the bitterness and replacing it with joy!
PRAYER: God, help me unearth the challenges in my life and share them with you (and with others when so moved.) In so doing, may I allow myself the amazing grace you so willingly provide. Amen.
May you enjoy this day, filled with the Spirit!
P.S. And speaking of digging it up, if you’re looking for possible charities for 2021, check out DIGDEEP. Millions in the U.S. are still without easy access to clean drinking water and this organization is making a difference!
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