The love of Ruth
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.
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
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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