LOOK... and be curious.
WAIT... with prayerful expectation.
Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.
READ... the text with an open mind.
Naomi was left without her two sons or her husband. Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had had consideration for his people and given them food. So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law, and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah. But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, ‘Go back each of you to your mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.’ Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud. They said to her, ‘No, we will return with you to your people.’ (Ruth 1.5b-10)
LISTEN... for a word with a willing heart.
RESPOND... with prayer and action.
Oh accompanying God, you journey with us, even when in our stubbornness and despair we seek to travel alone. Enable us instead, like Naomi, to accept the offer of your company, and to find our true hope and inheritance beyond the barriers of difference, belonging instead to you, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.