"Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God, my God."
By the time I was nine years old, my father had passed away. I had simply walked into the back door of my house, which was adjacent to the alleyway, a short jaunt from my school. There, as I stepped through the doorway, was my father with his head in his arms lying face down on the table. I had not known it at that moment, but he was already embraced in Jesus' arms as he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.
Many years later, on a dimly lit slick street, my youngest brother attempted to maneuver his bicycle past a strewn garbage lying on the road. It was dark,and rain lashed out relentlessly making it impossible to avoid an oncoming car. He was hit from behind and died shortly thereafter.
And years down the pike, my second brother, struck by a vehicle after pulling out of his driveway, suffered many years from a traumatic brain injury. Withing a few short years later, at the age of 50, he was found dead in his house apparently from natural causes. Natural causes I assume that were attributed from his prior car accident.
These deaths created a great void in my life and a yearning for love that only a parent and sibling can bring. It is a love so great, so unconditional that an ordinary friend can not manage. Yet, God knows our needs and sends people that we become extremely close to filling this void. These people become extended family members that can be called on whenever the need arises and a void is filled once we hear their voice.
Do you have a friend out there that you feel is as close to you as a sister or brother? Maybe there is an elder friend who surrogates as mother or father? These are wonderful angels whose blessing can only come from our Father. Be grateful for these individuals who bring such joy to our lives and such comfort when needed.
Today's verse is taken from the Bible. Naomi had lost both her sons while living as an expatriate to Moab. She tried to send her young daughers-in-law away to find new husbands, and she planned to return to Israel. But Ruth would not leave her. In a beautiful expression of her love for Naomi she spoke those words in today's verse. Her love was so great she became more than a daughter-in-law. She became a daughter to Ruth in the same way we become members of each other's families for those close friends who bless our lives as extended family.
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending us loved ones
who can fill a void that has been opened.
You bring these people into our lives for fulfillment.
I pray today that you help me see the ones who are
your gifts to me and allow me to love them like my own.