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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Aug. 5, 2010 - True Love

By Jason Aaron Womelsdorf

One of the greatest and strongest emotions we feel is love. Love is a choice. We do not “fall in love” as some think. Rather, we make the choice to love. Love allows us to break through barriers of distrust and opens the heart to share intimate feelings that would otherwise remain bottled up inside. Love sacrifices and pays the most expensive prices imaginable.

In the Book of Ruth, Naomi is overwhelmed by the indisputable love of her daughter-in-law, Ruth. After losing both her sons and her husband, Naomi released her sons’ widows so they could return to their hometowns and find rest in the home of another husband. While one chose to return home, Ruth adamantly vowed to remain with Naomi wherever she went (Ruth 1:14-17). Throughout the book, Ruth is portrayed as a selfless servant to Naomi. While the Lord was faithful to Naomi by allowing her to have a companion with whom to share everything, He was also faithful to Ruth.

The Lord honored and rewarded Ruth for her sacrifice by giving her a husband. Boaz was a man of great wealth who obeyed the Lord’s prompting to take both Ruth and Naomi under his care — Ruth as a wife and Naomi as a mother-in-law. Boaz shared with Ruth throughout their marriage all that the Lord had given to him and was not ashamed of the humble circumstances that led Ruth into his life (Ruth 3:10-13). Boaz allowed the Lord to guide him and did not worry about what others would think about his marrying someone perceived to be beneath him in stature.

Marriage is a concrete example of love; however, it is not the greatest example of sacrifice or true love that we have been given. In John 3:16 we read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (NIV). You see, God did not simply fall in love with us. When God sent His Son, He fully expressed His divine decision to love us. The greatest gift we can give the Lord is our return of that love.

— Jason Aaron Womelsdorf is a lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps.

 

 

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