Daily Reflection 6th July

The love of Ruth

Three notices before our reflection today:

What a wonderful week of celebrations in our vicarage, culminating yesterday with a multi-national blessing of marriage for David and Eryl’s daughter Gwen to Munsanje on Zoom. Expect pictures of Mr & Mrs Muzuni in Sunday’s service – but for now many thanks for all the kind messages of congratulation to them.

Our prayers and condolences are with the family and friends of the late Anne Mart in their sad bereavement. Anne was a wonderful woman and is a huge loss to all of us.

Individuals, or members of the same household, can now pray privately in three local church buildings. Access is only allowed at these times, with numbers limited to preserve social distancing. Please stay away if you, or a contact, have any Covid-like symptoms (and don’t all come this first week!).

St. John’s Methodist Conwy, Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 am [note correct time]

St. Peter’s Llanbedr-y-Cennin, Wednesdays 11am-12 noon

St. Mary’s Caerhun, Saturdays 1-3pm


Ac meddai’r gwragedd wrth Naomi,
“Bendigedig fyddo’r ARGLWYDD am iddo beidio â’th adael heddiw heb berthynas;
bydded ef yn enwog yn Israel.
Bydd ef yn adnewyddu dy fywyd ac yn dy gynnal yn dy henaint.”
Then the women said to Naomi,
“Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without family to help you;
and may his name be renowned in Israel! 
He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age.” 
Ruth 4: 14-15

Reverend David Parry writes:
Bethlehem means ‘House of Bread’ or ‘House of Food’, an image of abundant provision. Yet when Naomi returned there, as a penniless refugee, all she could see was a hungry future of bitter emptiness. Naomi’s husband and both sons had died. There would be no grandchildren to provide for her in old age.
The Old Testament book of Ruth, one of the most beautiful in the Hebrew language, explains how God gave Naomi a new family and abundant inheritance. Redemption came through a faithful female friendship, with Ruth her pagan daughter-in-law. Do read the whole story. The courtship of Ruth and Boaz set the standard for romantic true love, millenia before Jane Austen or RomCom films.  

I have been thinking a lot about those who are emptiest in 2020. Images of reopening pubs or re-booked holidays mean nothing to homeless people back on the streets, furloughed workers whose jobs disappear and people still shielding against the virus, unable to venture out.

What gives me hope is that the world turns out to have so many Ruths. The kind neighbours, the persistent campaign groups and charities, the care workers even willing to move in to their workplace and isolate with the residents …

All these wonderful people, whether or not they know it, are doing God’s work. They are part of His redemptive plan. Because of their choice to love those they do not have to – as Ruth chose to love Naomi – the empty will be filled. 

And like the women of Bethlehem, for this we will bless the Lord. 

O Dduw tosturi,
bydd yn agos at y cleifion, yr ofnus neu’r ynysig.
Yn eu hunigrwydd, bydd di eu diddanwch;
yn eu trallod, eu gobaith;
yn eu tywyllwch, eu goleuni.
Drwyddo ef, yr hwn a ddioddefodd yn unig ar y groes,
Ond sydd heddiw yn teyrnasu gyda thi mewn gogoniant,
Ein Harglwydd Iesu Grist.

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Church of England cyf. Meira Shakespear

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